Following Wolves’ 2-2 draw against the Magpies at Molineux on October 28, Hobbs expressed his dismay at the referee’s performance, allegedly using strong language while passing by, calling the referee “Absolutely f****** useless as usual.” The match’s contention stemmed from a VAR decision involving Hwang Hee-chan’s challenge on Newcastle’s Fabian Schar, resulting in a penalty converted by Callum Wilson.
During the hearing, it was highlighted that Hobbs’ conduct was considered unacceptable by referee Taylor and assistant referees Adam Nunn and Gary Beswick. Instead of pleading guilty, Hobbs reportedly replied, saying, “We look forward to your apology again.” This response led to Hobbs being charged with misconduct under FA Rule E3.1, resulting in a one-match ban (already served) and a £4,000 fine.
This incident compounds Wolves’ season-long VAR controversies, shedding light on the challenges of officiating decisions. Manager Gary O’Neil appeared frustrated after his team’s 3-2 loss against Fulham, expressing a shift in sentiment towards VAR after three penalties were awarded in that match.
Wolves are currently enduring a rough patch in form, securing only two wins in their last five Premier League matches. Positioned 12th in the standings, they face an uphill task to ascend the table as they prepare to visit the Emirates to face a formidable Arsenal side next Saturday.
Wolverhampton Wanderers performance and stats
In the last 13 games, it has won 4 times, drawn 4 times, and lost 5 times. In its last match, Wolverhampton Wanderers lost 3-2 against Fulham.
It has a negative goal difference after scoring 18 goals and conceding 23.