Expert: Wolves have 'crossed the line' as behind-closed-doors footage emerges
Wolves and Levante “crossed the line” as their recent pre-season friendly descended into chaos.
That is the view of medical expert Ben Dinnery, who runs the Premier Injuries site and has a background in injury and data analysis.
Wolves took on La Liga side Levante behind closed doors at their training base in Benidorm.
As relayed by The Athletic on 21 June, Yerson Mosquera, Daniel Podence and two Levante players were sent off after a brawl in the first half.
The referee allowed both teams to be restored to 11 players for the second half and the match finished in a 2-1 defeat for Wolves.
Footage from the match shows that the brawl was sparked by a wild challenge on 26-year-old Portuguese winger Podence.
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But Dinnery claims Bruno Lage will have been encouraged by the fire shown by his players despite the fact they were exposed to risk of injury.
He told Football Insider’s Adam Williams: “Is there any such thing as a pre-season friendly? Wolves are a Premier League team and a big scalp.
“Players are going to want to go out there, prove themselves and fight for everything. Wolves players have a bit of a target on their back.
“Yes, it overspilled and probably crossed the line but these things happen. They will learn from it. At the end of the day, the players still get the workout.
“The other side of the coin is that it unifies your squad. You want your players to get stuck in. That might stand them in good stead.
“As long as it’s a one-off, it’s okay if it doesn’t spill over to the Premier League.”
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