Man Utd blunder referee Simon Hooper and VAR team DROPPED by Premier League after missing Wolves penalty for Onana foul

BLUNDER referee Simon Hooper and the VAR team that missed Wolves’ epic final penalty at Old Trafford have been dropped from next weekend’s Prem list.

Hooper somehow failed as Manchester United goalkeeper Andre Onana knocked out substitute Sasa Kalajdzic in the dying seconds of Monday night’s game.

Andre Onana defeated Sasa Kalajdzic


Andre Onana defeated Sasa KalajdzicPhoto credit: Getty

Jon Moss, general manager of Prem’s referees, then personally apologized to Wolves manager Gary O’Neill for the lack of intervention from Stockley Parks VAR Michael Salisbury or his assistant Richard West.

And now all three misguided referees have been removed from next weekend’s schedule.

Chief Referee Howard Webb, who also approached O’Neill after the game to apologize, was quick to concede that a crucial mistake had been made.

Webb has promised clubs and fans that mistakes will be acknowledged by PGMOL.

The former World Cup final referee believes it is important for PGMOL to adopt an open and transparent approach.

His conversation with O’Neill alongside Moss’s is evidence that this approach has been translated into reality.

That includes greater accountability on the part of officials as Hooper, Salisbury and West now immediately pay a price for their failures at Old Trafford.

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