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VAR Slammed After Wolves' Europa League Exit

VAR Slammed After Wolves' Europa League Exit Photo: TT
Wolverhampton's Raul Jimenez takes a penalty after a foul

Wolverhampton boss Nuno Espirito Santo wouldn’t be drawn on another video assistant referee (VAR) controversy after his side was bundled out of the Europa League by Sevilla on Tuesday.

Sevilla triumphed 1-0 over Wolverhampton thanks to an 88th minute header from Lucas Ocampos in Duisburg, with the five-time winners to face Manchester United in the semi-finals.

The Spanish La Liga club were the better side but Wolves were left to regret a saved penalty from Raul Jimenez in the 13th minute.

However, upon inspection of the replays, it appeared that Sevilla goalkeeper Yassine Bounou and defender Diego Carlos, who cleared the ball, encroached before Jimenez’s failed spotkick, leading to criticism from BT Sport pundits Joleon Lescott and Glenn Hoddle.

“I didn’t see the images,” Nuno said. “But if you tell me that, then VAR shouldn’t have allowed it, but I didn’t see the images so I couldn’t give a fair opinion on it.

“But now we cannot do anything about it. It’s one more detail that will make us even more sad than we are.”

Lescott and Hoddle were far more forthright in their displeasure at the decision not to have the penalty re-taken due to encroachment.

“You can see the green grass there (between the goalkeeper and the line),” Hoddle said. “It’s planted as he’s actually leaving to take off and make the save.

“He was quite clever, the keeper, as well as he’s done a dummy - he knows Jimenez waits for the keeper and he’s thrown a couple of dummies in.”

Lescott added: “For me that should have been retaken. It’s very close but, if that’s your job and that’s what you’re there to do, you can obviously see that.

“It doesn’t take three or four angles, it’s there to see.”

Ben somerford
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