Premier League Excludes Officials From Fixtures After Penalty Error

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Premier League officials Simon Hooper, Michael Salisbury and Richard West will not officiate games this weekend after Wolverhampton Wanderers had a penalty appeal turned down in their 1-0 defeat by Manchester United at Old Trafford on Monday.

Wolves were convinced they should have had a penalty in added time, after new Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana clattered into Sasa Kalajdzic in trying to deal with a cross. The match ended in a 1-0 loss for Wolves.

Wolves manager Gary O’Neil said the referees’ failure to award a penalty had highlighted a grey area in how VAR is used and that referees manager Jon Moss had apologised to him for the error.

Wolves manager Gary O’Neil (R) was shown a yellow card for his complaints about the decision.

“Jon Moss said it was a blatant penalty and should have been given – fair play to him, he apologised,” O’Neil told reporters. “But fair play to Jon for coming out and saying it was a clear and obvious error.”

“He couldn’t believe the on-field referee didn’t give it and can’t believe VAR didn’t intervene. It probably made me feel worse, actually, because you know you are right. Live, I was told they didn’t think it was a clear and obvious error.”

Hooper was the on-field referee, while Salisbury and West were tasked with Video Assistant Referee (VAR) duties for the Premier League match.

Salisbury was also dropped for a round of fixtures in April after Brighton & Hove Albion were denied a penalty in a 2-1 defeat by Tottenham Hotspur.

Source Reuters
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