There was a nasty collision between Federico Fernandez and Diogo Jota on Sunday.
The Portuguese forward was down for a few minutes with what appeared to be a head injury, but was able to carry on after attention from the Wolves physio.
Jota was dribbling down the left, only to be stopped by Fernandez, who stepped in and won the ball, colliding with his opponent in the process. Nothing was given, other than a throw in to Wolves.
At the time, it seemed nothing more than a collision. But a video of the incident has circulated on Twitter, with Felipe Cardenes, a writer who covers the MLS for The Athletic, claiming that it was a ‘dirty challenge’ and that Fernandez ‘knew exactly what he was doing’.
Multiple Wolves fans responded to the tweet, bemoaning VAR for not getting involved. One fan even believed that the Newcastle defender should have been sent off.
Calls for a red card are ridiculous. It wasn’t even a foul, never mind one that deserved a card!
Yes, the collision obviously hurt Jota. But that doesn’t mean that what Fernandez did was ‘dirty’. It’s hard to believe, but football still is a contact sport.
Fernandez had to step in and make a challenge, and Jota will have been hurt as he was going at speed. But all Fernandez did was win the ball. Jota’s momentum took him into the Newcastle defender, rather than it being a cynical act of violence.
Obviously some Wolves fans see things differently…
Some Wolves fans think Fernandez should’ve been punished
Can’t wait till we have var so this type of thing can be red carded
— Matt Fowler (@306notout) October 27, 2019
How that was not a booking I don’t know
— David (@perthwolves1) October 27, 2019
Bloody hell I missed that one
— Michelle (@Michellehall07) October 27, 2019
@premierleague VAR working a treat again lads.
— Danny Rosamond (@DannyRosamond) October 27, 2019
Hadn’t seen this view.. filthy af
— Steve Marriott (@MazzaShizzle) October 27, 2019
Don’t worry VAR will spot it…. Oh hang on a minute
— Kev (@KevSmyth78) October 27, 2019