Pundit issues 'massive' Newcastle United claim as Ryan Fraser controversy analysed
Noel Whelan has hailed the Video Assistant Referee for its part in disallowing Wolves’ second goal in their eventual 1-1 draw against Newcastle on Sunday (28 August).
The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, insisted the decision was proof that VAR can become a success.
Wolves looked to have doubled their lead late on at Molineux when Raul Jimenez poked home from close range, but a VAR review revealed a push from Pedro Neto on Newcastle star Ryan Fraser.
Referee Peter Bankes was told to review his decision on the pitchside monitor and awarded the Magpies a free kick.
Just minutes later, Allan Saint-Maximin rescued a point for the visitors with a stunning volley – meaning Eddie Howe’s side remain unbeaten in the new campaign.
Whelan claimed the “massive decision” was “really valuable” as it allows Newcastle to preserve their momentum.
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He told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “Straight away when I saw the push and the referee allowed play to go on – I was thinking ‘absolutely no way’.
“But they’ve got it right eventually. That’s why we have VAR, and these are the decisions which prove it can be a success.
“It was a massive decision at the end of a really close game. Newcastle could have ended up coming out with nothing, but in the end they’ve managed to get a really valuable, important point.
“It keeps their momentum going.
“The VAR got it right. That is the sort of help the referee needs.”