By Keith Hackett

8th Nov, 2021 | 7:14pm

Ex-Premier League referee issues verdict on Wolves controversy as Lage fumes

Bruno Lage is wrong to suggest Wolves deserved a penalty in their 2-0 defeat to Crystal Palace, according to Keith Hackett.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Fifa and Premier League referee insisted the foul on Rayan Ait-Nouri by Joel Ward in the 68th minute.

The referee initially awarded a spot kick before a VAR review showed the incident took place outside of the penalty area.

As quoted by Birmingham Live, Lage insisted the “big fault” happened in the box and therefore his side deserve a penalty.

There was also controversy in the game as Wilfried Zaha’s opening goal was initially ruled out for offside.

“The first incident was when Zaha scored and the assistant referee, Peter Kirkup, put his flag up and fortunately VAR got it right,” Hackett said after analysing the footage of the game with Football Insider correspondent Connor Whitley.

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“They checked it and it was a good goal.

“There was the second one when the referee awarded a penalty kick.

“From his angle, it can be very deceptive, I have to say that. When you’re in his position, it’s a good position, he’s seen a foul, so he’s got that one right.

“He believes it’s inside the area and VAR, again, comes in, and advises him to look and he awards a free-kick, just outside the penalty area.

“The comments of the Wolves manager, for me, that’s the right decision. He got it right.

“He thought there was a continuous foul. No, I didn’t see that. I thought the foul was outside the area and I think he got it spot on.

“Ultimately, the referee and the VAR got this one right.”

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