By Noel Whelan

30th Aug, 2022 | 1:01pm

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.”

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