Wolves forced to settle for draw with Leicester after VAR controversy

Hamza Choudhury was shown a second yellow card for his challenge on Leander Dendoncker.

“What was the previous law about offside? There was an expression in England. Daylight, that’s what I’m thinking. I don’t want to ascertain anything.. I [just] want things to enhance .”

If fifth place can really earn an area at European football’s top table, after the pre-match news that Manchester City are to be banned from the Champions League, then not only can Leicester feel even more confident of qualifying but Wolves can start to dream of joining them.

These are exciting times within the Midlands and, despite Leicester’s relatively poor form, that they had a return to second place in their sights as they dominated possession for much of the primary half, Youri Tielemans bringing a scurrying save out of Rui Patricio with an early deflected shot.

Wolves, as is their wont, were happy to concede possession and attack on the counter. When Neto scampered in down the proper and, at the second attempt, slid a pass in towards Raul Jiménez, Jota came running in from deep to shoot low and hard just for Kasper Schmeichel to save lots of .

The teams were so evenly matched, trading free headers as Boly and Dendoncker went close before Caglar Soyuncu’s effort was gratefully clutched by Rui Patricio, before Wolves began to take hold . Then the sport blew up as – shock, horror – VAR denied Wolves by the slightest of margins again.

Cries of ‘It’s not football any more’ rang around Molineux as Dean was booed off the sector at half-time after he followed instructions from Stockley Park that Neto was offside by the narrowest of margins.
It was a painful moment for the Molineux faithful. Not only were they remembering Dendoncker’s disallowed goal at Leicester but the opposite tight calls against Manchester United, Liverpool and Manchester City in recent games.

The atmosphere at Molineux intensified a notch because the Wolves fans vented their sense of injustice. Memories of last season’s implausibly open 4-3 here were forgotten as Leicester defended bravely and, once Adama Traoré came on, more deeply.

After Choudhury was sent off for his second bookable offence 14 minutes from time, Wolves threatened their second win in eight games but Jiménez headed wide from a corner when free because the game moved into stoppage time.

“In the last 20 minutes we had to point out a special quite mentality to dig certain the purpose ,” Brendan Rodgers, the relieved Leicester manager, said, before agreeing that VAR should be reviewed within the summer.

How ‘leaked’ emails and invoices led to Manchester City’s ban from Europe

City expressed huge outrage that the IC’s pending decision to charge was leaked two days early – which was indeed embarrassing to Uefa – although the reality is that throughout the method , little or no detail has leaked. the very fact that the IC did charge City, though, made it self-evident that the hierarchy’s explanations, and whatever documentation they did provide, didn’t satisfy the IC that questions raised by the club’s own internal communications had been irrefutably answered.

The IC can reasonably have expected City to supply , for instance , the interior replies to Chumillas’s stunning emails, which perhaps would show he had been corrected, or that in context it might be shown that it had been simply, “irrefutably”, not the case that ADUG was funding the Etihad sponsorship. Instead, the IC clearly decided that the allegations had not been refuted, and sent them for determination by Uefa’s CFCB adjudicatory chamber, which is chaired by José Narciso da Cunha Rodrigues, a former general prosecutor in Portugal and judge at the ecu Court of Justice, and includes a number one British barrister, Charles Flint QC.

These public responses after the fees were laid were according to the second element exposed by the emails: how hostile and confrontational City had been to Uefa, and to FFP itself, throughout the method of compliance – sometimes distastefully so. FFP applied to all or any top-flight clubs across Europe competing within the Champions and Europa Leagues, seeking to encourage long-term football development and dampen player wage inflation, with detailed new regulations and a classy reporting system developed by Uefa with blue-chip accountants.

City’s chairman, Khaldoon al-Mubarak, was never a serious supporter of FFP, seeing it as a restraint of Mansour’s freedom to rebuild City by pouring money in, but the emails showed the resistance went further. It seemed as if the hierarchy had almost taken it personally, feeling that this whole FFP system was a protectionist move to prevent Mansour’s extravagance challenging the established superclubs. Perhaps there was something of that within the support for FFP given by Bayern Munich and therefore the German clubs especially , but they were trying to take care of financial sustainability within the Bundesliga where most clubs are still ultimately controlled by supporters. They and lots of other clubs in Europe felt it had been alien to the game’s traditions for Gulf sovereign investors to shop for clubs and spend their thanks to success.

City perceived their plans for rapid accession to the Champions League elite were challenged by FFP, and persistently threatened a legal challenge. The club’s inhouse lawyer Simon Cliff wrote in one among the published emails that Mubarak had told Gianni Infantino, then Uefa’s general secretary, that he wouldn’t accept a financial sanction for exceeding the permitted €45m loss in 2012 and 2013, and said: “He would rather spend 30 million on the 50 best lawyers within the world to sue [Uefa] for subsequent 10 years.”