The Wolves manager, Gary O’Neil, expressed his strong disapproval of an incident that occurred during the team’s match against Newcastle United. O’Neil criticized the decision to award a first-half penalty to Newcastle United in their 2-2 draw.
Newcastle United took the lead twice at Molineux with goals from Callum Wilson, but Wolverhampton Wanderers managed to equalize through Mario Lemina and Hee-Chan Hwang, maintaining their respective unbeaten runs in the Premier League.
However, the game was not without controversy. A penalty was awarded to Newcastle United when Fabian Schar went down in the box following a challenge by Hwang. Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the penalty spot, and the decision was upheld after a lengthy VAR review.
Eddie Howe, the head coach of Newcastle United, acknowledged that the decision was “contentious,” while Gary O’Neil expressed his frustration during the post-match press conference, calling it a “scandalous decision.” He criticized the on-field decision and the fact that VAR did not intervene, stating that it was a clear mistake.
O’Neil argued that the contact between Hwang and Schar was minimal, with Schar already on his way down when the ball hit Hwang’s other boot. He insisted that Chan made contact with the ball before touching Schar, making the decision unjust.
O’Neil also claimed that his team had outperformed Newcastle United and deserved to win. He believed that the goals scored by Newcastle had some defensive mix-ups, and the second goal, which resulted from the penalty, should never have been awarded. Despite the controversial decision, he praised his team’s performance and considered it a valuable point, but he believed they could have earned all three points with a bit more luck.