Robbie Savage, a former midfielder for Manchester United, has criticized Howard Webb, the top referee for the Premier League, for giving a favorable call in United’s favor against Wolves in the opening game of the season on Monday.
Andre Onana, the goalie for Man United, ran out to capture a cross during their Premier League match against Wolves at Old Trafford, but he misplayed the ball and ended up bringing out two Wolves defenders in the process.
However, neither the VAR Michael Salisbury nor the assistant VAR Richard West saw anything wrong with Onana’s attempt, thus they didn’t get involved.
After the game, Wolves received an apology from the Premier League and the three officials were suspended for the next round of games.
However, Savage attacked PMGOL’s apologies to the Wolves and asked that Webb be held responsible.
According to Savage, who was quoted in Metro, “Stuff your apologies — instead of saying sorry every week, referees and VAR officials need to get it right.”
“Howard Webb, the PGMOL’s chief referee, has my utmost respect. He is making an effort to convey, be forthright, and explain the rationale behind the new guidelines for punctuality and behavior in the technical sector.
We started the 2023-24 season off in the same gloomy style as last year, with too many apologies for his officials’ mistakes. Webb will eventually have to take responsibility.
And, “Webb’s apology to Wolves that they were not awarded a penalty doesn’t make any difference,” he continued.