Wolves man hit with FA charge over Newcastle allegation

The Football Association has charged Wolverhampton Wanderers sporting director Matt Hobbs with misconduct following an alleged incident following the club’s Premier League match against Newcastle United.

Hobbs is accused of using “improper and/or abusive and/or insulting” language towards a match official in the tunnel following Saturday’s 2-2 draw at Molineux. He has until Monday, November 6th, to respond.

Wolves came from behind twice against Newcastle to earn a share of the spoils, thanks to goals from Mario Lemina and Hwang Hee-chan. The hosts, on the other hand, were displeased with the decision to award the Magpies a penalty, which Callum Wilson converted in first-half stoppage time to put the visitors ahead 2-1.


Wolverhampton Wanderers sporting director Matt Hobbs


The decision was described as “scandalous” by Wolves manager Gary O’Neil. After Hwang took a heavy touch inside his own box, inviting Fabian Schar to challenge for the ball, referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot, but the Newcastle man appeared to kick the turf and appeared to be on his way down before any contact.

The on-field decision stood after a lengthy VAR review, and Wilson kept his cool to put Newcastle back in front. “It was a scandalous decision,” said O’Neil. “It was a terrible on-field decision, and I thought they got it horribly wrong because VAR didn’t intervene.”

“(Hwang) has a special touch… After that, he goes to clear the ball. He makes almost no contact with Schar, just a glance of the boot.

“Schar’s is already on the way down and the ball actually hits ‘Channy’ on the other foot before he even makes contact with Schar so technically he gets the ball before he makes contact with Schar, so that’s why it’s a terrible decision.”



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