Howard Webb reveals how officials made a mistake in not awarding Wolves a penalty at Old Trafford last month as the chief referee explains VAR decisions in a new Premier League show

Howard Webb reveals how officials made a mistake in not awarding Wolves a penalty at Old Trafford last month as the chief referee explains VAR decisions in a new Premier League show

  • Wolves’ decision not to get a penalty at Man United has been explained
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In a new policy aimed at increasing transparency on key decisions across the Premier League, chief referee Howard Webb has revealed why Wolves were not awarded a penalty towards the end of their defeat by Manchester United.

Webb spoke first about the PGMOL Match officials turned on the microphone show, accompanied by Michael Owen in the studio for the 26-minute program.

One of the most controversial decisions was Simon Hooper’s decision not to penalize Man United goalkeeper Andre Onana for a reckless clash with Wolves’ Sasa Kalajdzic.

Webb immediately turned to Wolves to apologize for Hooper’s mistake – which cost them a golden chance of a point at Old Trafford – and he has now detailed how Gary O’Neil’s side were thwarted by VAR that night was.

“We’re hearing the VAR go through the review phase in this case and describe what they saw,” Webb said. “He starts recommending a review but thinks about it a little too much.”



“Sometimes VAR can do that.” They’re trying to figure out what the game would expect and when he sees them coming together he knows that can happen and it’s not a foul.

“He sees it as a collision and two players coming together – the difference with this game is that Onana steps in for the Wolves player so it’s not two players coming together.”

In a wide-ranging discussion that went beyond Wolves’ misfortune at Old Trafford to also include debates over Kai Havertz’s converted penalty against Manchester United this weekend; Red card for Anass Zaroury; John Egan’s handball penalty; Virgil van Dijk red card; and Nathan Ake’s goal against Fulham.

The show was produced by Premier League Productions and aired on both Sky Sports and TNT Sports.

While the process should give fans a clearer idea of ​​a VAR’s current decision making, the call to Onana remains a major source of frustration for Wolves fans.

In the sixth minute of added time at the end of the game, Onana rushed in from the right after a cross, but couldn’t get close to the cross and instead pounded on Kalajdzic.


Micahel Owen joined Webb for the show, which airs on both Sky and TNT Sports

In his protests, Chief O’Neil was cautioned, and Webb is determined to admit to mistakes like these.

He added, “Ultimately we didn’t endorse a review… we should have, we acknowledge that as a mistake, which of course is disappointing.”

“We think it’s important that we acknowledge clear mistakes.” When it’s as clear as it is here, we don’t want people to judge that situation.

“That was clearly wrong – if that happens the following week we expect a penalty.” So I think it’s only right that we acknowledge mistakes when they happen and acknowledge that it wasn’t right; and we expect to see something different next time.’

Referee Hooper and VAR Michael Salisbury were both sent off after the error for not realizing United goalkeeper Onana Kalajdzic had fouled in the 1-0 defeat.

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Maureen Mackey

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