Following a contentious draw with Newcastle, Wolves’ sporting director, Matt Hobbs, banned for insulting referee Anthony Taylor.
Following Wolves’ 2-2 draw against the Magpies at Molineux on October 28, Hobbs vented his frustration with the referee’s display. Allegedly, while passing by, he expressed, “Absolutely f useless as usual.” Controversy marked the match, especially as a VAR decision deemed Hwang Hee-chan’s challenge on Newcastle defender Fabian Schar a foul, leading to a penalty that Callum Wilson converted.
During the hearing, Anthony Taylor and assistant referees Adam Nunn and Gary Beswick highlighted that Hobbs’ attitude and behavior were considered unacceptable. However, instead of admitting guilt, Hobbs reportedly retorted, saying: “We look forward to your apology again.” The FA charged Hobbs with misconduct under FA Rule E3.1, leading to a one-match ban (already served) and a £4,000 fine.
The incident contributes to Wolves’ season-long VAR controversies, emphasizing the difficulties associated with officiating decisions. Manager Gary O’Neil expressed his frustration after his team suffered a 3-2 defeat against Fulham on Monday. He admitted to having “turned against VAR” following the awarding of three penalties during the match.
Wolves are currently experiencing a challenging run of form, having won only two of their last five matches in the Premier League. Currently placed 12th in the standings, they face a formidable task in moving up the ladder. Their next fixture involves a trip to the Emirates to face the in-form Arsenal on Saturday.