Wolves boss Julen Lopetegui rejects ‘apologies’ following latest penalty denial against Leeds

Here’s your daily recap of Wolverhampton Wanderers on Sunday morning 19th March.

game report

Jack Harrison, Luke Ayling, Rasmus Kristensen and Rodrigo pounced on the visitors as they escaped the Premier League relegation zone. Jonny spectacularly snatched back a goal before Matheus Cunha made it 3-2 but Jonny was then sent off for a dangerous tackle on Ayling.

Unused substitute Matheus Nunes was also sent off after Rodrigo’s goal for an altercation with the assistant referee. Wolves were furious after Adama Traore was withdrawn in Marc Roca build-up.

Wolves also felt they should have received a first-half penalty after Nelson Semedo went down under a challenge from Junior Firpo.

What Julen Lopetegui said

“We should have gotten a penalty, that was very, very clear, but I don’t know what will happen to us again,” said the Wolves coach. “These fans deserve the same respect as any other team in the Premier League.” So I don’t know why we are because it’s a different decision. I can clearly give you five other penalties [Wolves should have had this season].

“It’s about opinion. You have to have an opinion and as a coach I have to give you my opinion and the penalty I saw is clear. It’s very, very clear, he didn’t touch the ball, he touched it [Semedo’s] Knee.

“I had to replace him in the second half because of this injury so it’s very clear he didn’t touch the ball. In the last game it was a penalty, but we only got an apology, but we don’t want apologies, we want fairness.”

What Javi Gracia said

I think we got a very, very good win today,” the Leeds manager told LeedsLive. “I think our players played a fantastic game and they deserve the reward, the three points, because I think we showed a very good face today.”


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