Former Premier League referee Mark Halsey believes that Wolves were lucky not to concede a penalty during their 0-0 draw against Chelsea.
Wolves gifted a stroke of fortune
Nuno Espirito Santo’s side walked out of Stamford Bridge with a point following a solid defensive display, in light of their recent slump in form.
An incident took place early into the second half as Nelson Semedo clattered into Kai Havertz during an aerial battle, referee Andy Madley saw nothing from the incident and VAR opted to go with his onfield decision.
Speaking to This is Futbol, Halsey believes that Wolves would not have been in a position to argue if Madley pointed to the spot.
“I’ve seen them given,” he said. “I think if the referee had given that as a penalty, VAR would not have overturned that. So, you know, was there a clear and obvious mistake by the referee? It all depends who’s sitting at Stockley Park, isn’t it? You know, we’re all different. You’d be different, I would be different [in] that situation.
“Is it a clear and obvious error? Is it a coming together? If there’s contact and it’s a foul, then a penalty should be given. So I don’t think anybody would have complained had Chelsea got a penalty there.”
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As Halsey said, similar incidents have been given as penalties this season and the inconsistency in Premier League officiating right now is a huge worry.
While VAR did the right thing on this occasion in leaning towards the referee’s on-field decision as it was not a clear and obvious mistake, Chelsea will certainly have cause for complaint.
All that said, Wolves will be delighted and gained a crucial point after such a poor start to 2021 for the Black Country club.
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