‘What we want from VAR is good, fair and consistent decisions and we are not getting them at the moment’: Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo hits out over controversial penalty after defeat at Leicester
- Leicester were awarded a penalty after Praet’s cross hit Kilman’s hand
- Referee Taylor made the call after consulting the pitch-side monitor
- Footage appeared to show VAR officials discussing the decision at half-time
Nuno Espirito Santo urged the officials in charge of VAR to up their game after Wolves lost to a controversial penalty at Leicester.
Jamie Vardy’s first spot-kick – he missed another just before half-time – was awarded when referee Anthony Taylor consulted the pitch-side monitor, having initially signalled a corner when Dennis Praet’s cross hit Max Kilman’s hand.
Footage broadcast by Sky Sports at half-time appeared to show Neil Swarbrick, the head of VAR, discussing the decision with Stuart Attwell, who was responsible for the system in this game.
Leicester were awarded a penalty after Dennis Praet’s cross hit Max Kilman’s hand
Nuno was unaware of that incident but warned that ‘it is difficult to coach a player and tell him he must put arms [by his sides] as he will be unbalanced. What we want from VAR is good, fair and consistent decisions and we are not getting them at the moment.
‘Week in week out we see different things and until they get it right we’ll be talking about it over and over, we don’t want it. We have enough problems already in football to be suspicious about anything, I don’t want to even think about that.’
Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves complained at length to Taylor at full-time. Neves’ frustration was compounded when his late 20-yard effort was brilliantly palmed away by Kasper Schmeichel.
Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo has urged the officials in charge of VAR to up their game
Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers said: ‘You need a top-class ‘keeper in any side and thankfully we have that. It was an incredible save.
‘It’s been an incredible start, I’m so happy for the players. We couldn’t have asked for a better start. I have always said failure is learning and if anyone says us not getting into the Champions League last season was failing then OK. For us it was about learning and developing.
‘It’s going to be tough to sustain that with the injuries we’ve had but we have played 12 games and won nine in all competitions. It has been an incredible focus. Our idea is to sustain that but I can’t promise.’
Footage has emerged of VAR officials discussing the decision to award Leicester their penalty
Anthony Taylor was told to check his VAR monitor and after a brief pause awarded the penalty
Jamie Vardy fired home against Wolves after Max Kilman was harshly judged to have handled
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