Wolves star digs out referee Pawson for failure to control Liverpool clash

Date published: Tuesday 16th March 2021 9:26 - Jonny Whitfield

Craig Pawson Premier League referee

Wolves wing-back Romain Saiss has hit out at referee Craig Pawson for allegedly failing to control Monday’s clash with Liverpool.

Wolves made a bright start at Molineux and had a penalty claim dismissed in the first two minutes.

Nelson Semedo clashed with Alisson after getting behind the Reds’ defence. Indeed, Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson made a hash of his initial clearance attempt.

But after appearing to have his attempt at a toe-poked finish denied, Pawson told Semedo to get back up.

Speaking after the match, Morocco international Saiss told reporters (via the Daily Mirror): “It was a clear penalty.

“I think the referee lost a bit the control of the game in the second half, but we have to do more to score goals.”

Saiss’ outburst is not the first time Wolves have caught the spotlight for disagreements with referees.

In January, boss Nuno Espirito Santo received a £25,000 fine for claiming that Lee Mason is unfit to officiate in the English top flight.

Nevertheless, Wolves had chances to hit back after former Molineux star Diogo Jota gave Liverpool the lead.

But a nasty head injury to Wolves goalkeeper Rui Patricio towards the end overshadowed the match.

The Portuguese clashed with Conor Coady and left the field some minutes later on a stretcher.

Patricio’s injury brought back memories of Raul Jimenez suffering a fractured skull in November. As such, Saiss admitted that the incident proved tough to deal with.

Saiss reflects on Patricio injury

Rui Patricio TEAMtalk

“Yes [it was hard] because of what happened to Raul, but fortunately Rui was awake on the pitch and in the dressing room,” the defender said.

“We are really confident because he looks not worse than Raul, but of course it’s not good to have this kind of injury in your team again. I saw him after with the doctor and he is awake which is most important to us.

“We kept pushing after the injury of Rui, we tried to push to score the goal to make the draw but unfortunately we didn’t achieve it. I think we did pretty well today.”

Wolves return to action after the international break when facing West Ham at the London Stadium.

READ MORE: Nuno provides positive update on Rui Patricio after nasty head clash

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