O'Neil confirms referee admitted error and calls for change after Wolves lose at Fulham

o'neil confirms referee admitted error and calls for change after wolves lose at fulham

Gary O’Neil consoles Hwang Hee-chan after Wolves lose at Fulham (Picture: Getty Images)

Gary O’Neil says Michael Salisbury admitted that he got a crucial decision wrong during Wolves’ dramatic 3-2 defeat at Fulham on Monday night as he calls for change to how VAR is used.

Three penalties were given in the match, with Fulham getting two and Wolves one, the decisive one coming deep into second half stoppage time when Harry Wilson was felled in the box by Joao Gomes.

The penalty was not initially given, but VAR stepped in and after consulting the screen, Salisbury pointed to the spot.

The referee stuck to his guns on that point, but admitted to O’Neil that a mistake was made for the first Fulham penalty when Nelson Semedo was adjudged to have brought to Tom Cairney.

That left O’Neil frustrated, but that was not the only decision the Wolves boss was seething with after the defeat.

O’Neil went to speak to Salisbury after the match and then told Sky Sports: ‘We discussed a lot of decisions. Vinicius should have been sent off for headbutting Max [Kilman]. Clear, he headbutts him on the nose. Isn’t sent off, is given a yellow.

‘Tim Ream should have been sent off for a second bookable offence on the penalty. They’re both my opinions on those, obviously everyone can have their own.

‘The penalties that went against us, Nelson plays the ball, doesn’t touch Tom Cairney. I watched that back with the referee and, to be fair to him, he says he thinks they’ve got that wrong and he should have been sent to the monitor.

o'neil confirms referee admitted error and calls for change after wolves lose at fulham

Harry Wilson went down to win Fulham’s second penalty (Picture: Getty Images)

‘Doesn’t help me, doesn’t help all the fans that have travelled all this way to watch the team, doesn’t help the players who are feeling frustrated again.

‘So the Nelson one has pretty much been admitted by the referee that they made a mistake.

‘The one on Harry Wilson we disagree on a little bit. He thinks there’s enough contact there to give a penalty. I think it’s really soft. So you could argue two of them could go against us, but for all four of them to go against us is a tough one for the lads, the supporters and myself to take because we’ve been here a lot of times this season. It’s tough because we didn’t deserve that.’

Wolves have been on the wrong end of a number of questionable decisions and received an apology from PGMOL back in August after not getting a penalty against Manchester United.

O’Neil has had enough and believes a string of decisions are having a huge impact on him and his team.

‘Bad luck that it keeps going against us, but there are bad refereeing decisions in there,’ he said. ‘I’ve had a real grown-up conversation with him in there, i’m trying to remain calm and I’m not angry with anybody, I’m not in there abusing people.

‘It’s a conversation around, “come on guys it’s six or seven points now that have gone against us. I’m managing a big football clear here. The difference that you’re making to my reputation, the club’s progression up the league, ot people’s livelihoods is huge.”

‘It can’t be with all the technology, all the time, the biggest league in the world that we’re getting so many wrong. It can’t be okay.

‘What can I do? I have two options really now. I keep behaving the way that I should and I make my players behave in the way that we should, we respect everybody and the decision making. Or we go, that’s not working, we’re going to have to make some noise. I’d rather be a decent human being, answer things honestly and have honest chats with people but things need to get better because I can’t accept us being on the wrong end of decisions as often as we are.’

O’Neil said he has been a supporter of VAR, but has now changed his mind and it may now be the time to step back from using the technology.

‘I’ve always been for VAR but I think it’s causing a big problem at the moment,’ he said. ‘The fact that the first one’s not deemed a clear and obvious error but the second one is, I just think VAR has cost us there.

‘If it was just a normal referee maybe we concede one penalty from a mistake, the fact that we’ve conceded two…for me, VAR is not helping much with subjective decisions. Maybe tonight has finally turned me against VAR when I thought it would help but it doesn’t seem to be.’

For more stories like this, check our sport page.

Follow Metro Sport for the latest news on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

OTHER NEWS

12 minutes ago

UAE Team Emirates' Pogacar reigns supreme on chaotic day at rain-hit Giro

12 minutes ago

90% of U.S. Adults Have This Syndrome That Leads to Heart Disease—and Have No Clue

12 minutes ago

Microsoft must again contend with OpenAI drama. Will Satya Nadella’s patience wear thin?

12 minutes ago

Amazon says it has not halted any Nvidia chip orders

12 minutes ago

Diddy music 'paused' on Peloton platform after member backlash: 'We take this issue very seriously'

13 minutes ago

Delaware lawmakers OK bill enabling board of political appointees to oversee hospital budgets

13 minutes ago

Jailed Guatemalan journalist to AP: 'It never crossed my mind to flee; I have to face justice'

13 minutes ago

England's seven players likely to miss out on Euro 2024 and expected XI for opening game

13 minutes ago

Ally McCoist has 'gut feeling' over Liverpool’s title chances under Arne Slot

13 minutes ago

Tory MP Craig Mackinlay reveals he lost both hands and feet to sepsis

13 minutes ago

Soccer-Scotland Women's match against Israel to be played without supporters

13 minutes ago

Maple Leafs Prospect Artur Akhtyamov Named VHL Goaltender of the Year After Another Impressive Season

13 minutes ago

Wendy's Will Now Sell You A 50-Nugget Bucket

13 minutes ago

Europe must build its own Israel-style Iron Dome, says Donald Tusk

13 minutes ago

Conor McGregor makes bold Islam Makhachev vs Dustin Poirier prediction for UFC 302

13 minutes ago

Concerns Russia is weaponizing migration push Finland to propose new border law

13 minutes ago

If you missed the northern lights in May, you may get another chance this year

13 minutes ago

Ravens' Lamar Jackson now down 25 pounds from 2022 playing weight, per report

13 minutes ago

Vicky Kaushal is the protective husband as he takes a stroll with Katrina Kaif in London. Watch viral video

13 minutes ago

Three Defenceman the Ottawa Senators Might Jump On With Their First Selection Next Month

13 minutes ago

Trading spaces: HGTV star Ty Pennington lists High Line home in NYC

13 minutes ago

McDonald's $5 meal deal causes outrage among restaurant owners - as they write a damning letter to HQ

13 minutes ago

Dan Patrick the latest Texas Republican to show up at Trump's hush money trial

18 minutes ago

OPINION - An improving economy won't save the Tories

18 minutes ago

3m python drawn away from curtain rail

18 minutes ago

Nestlé’s new foods are getting Ozempified, with slashed portions priced specifically for those on weight-loss drugs

18 minutes ago

Cost-of-living stress isn't increasing just our bills and rent; it's also changing our relationships

18 minutes ago

Pixar Has Begun Layoffs of 14% of its Workforce | THR News Video

18 minutes ago

NHL Playoff Predictions: Which Clubs Will Be Our Stanley Cup Finalists?

18 minutes ago

Rishi Sunak 'shame' over infected blood scandal comes too late for the likes of brave Perry

19 minutes ago

East Delhi Lok Sabha Constituency: BJP in Driver's Seat, Looking at AAP-Congress Combine in Rearview Mirror

19 minutes ago

Everton monster has become their best player over Branthwaite & Onana

19 minutes ago

These Lok Sabha elections will be 'end of politics' of Badal family: Punjab CM Mann

19 minutes ago

Following Drama, Gallaghers Now Has Its “C” Rating Posted

19 minutes ago

Jennifer Garner weeps at daughter’s graduation: ‘I don't known how I’m gonna make it’

19 minutes ago

Sean Combs’ music dumped by Peloton in wake of assault scandal

19 minutes ago

Government to ban Ozempic and Mounjaro weight loss replicas over dangers, affecting 20,000 Australians

20 minutes ago

Texas Republicans were at Trump’s side as his defense rested in hush money trial

20 minutes ago

Authorities investigating source of ketamine in death of ‘Friends' star Matthew Perry

21 minutes ago

‘Don't bankrupt us': Buffalo Wild Wings takes shot at Red Lobster as it offers all-you-can-eat deal