By Keith Hackett

16th Nov, 2022 | 2:41pm

Arsenal news: Ex-Premier League referee points the finger as William Saliba ban on the cards

The referee was right to not award Wolves a penalty for William Saliba’s challenge on Matheus Nunes during their 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on Saturday (12 November), according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee claimed it was actually Nunes who fouled Saliba as he tried to “engineer contact” to win a penalty.

Nunes had been been played in behind the Arsenal defence but Saliba was able to recover and stop him getting a shot on goal.

The assistant referee then flagged for offside but after a VAR review it was judged that Nunes was onside but he did not deserve a penalty.

Interim Wolves boss Steve Davis told Sky Sports after the game that his side should have had a penalty and Saliba should have been sent off.

A red card for denying a goalscoring opportunity would have seen the 21-year-old banned for one Premier League game.

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“What you’ve got here is a clear act of impeding by the Wolves player,” Hackett said after analysing the footage with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

“He’s run across his opponent and he’s got no chance to play the ball. If you look, it’s ‘Boom’.

“For me, that’s not a penalty kick because it’s the other way. I think that player, number 17, knows exactly what he’s doing.

“He’s not going for the ball, he’s looking for contact with the player in order to try and win a penalty kick. He’s engineered the contact.

“He’s not making any attempt to play the ball. He’s gone to the right then goes back and you don’t tackle with your back and side.

“That’s not a penalty kick and the reason is the player has manufactured contact and then fallen to the ground.”

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