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Wolves coach Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with misconduct by the Football Association for comments he made about referee Lee Mason.
The Portuguese was very critical of the official after his team’s Premier League game against Burnley on December 21.
The FA said in a statement: “Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with violating FA Rule E3 in connection with his Premier League match against Burnley FC on Monday, December 21, 2020.
“Comments made by the head coach during a post-match interview are alleged to constitute inappropriate conduct as they were personally offensive to the match official and / or discredited the game against FA Rule E3.1 “.
Nuno He has until January 5 to respond to the charge, the FA said.
The Wolves coach said of Mason after the game: “The referee doesn’t have the quality to whistle a game in the Premier League.
“It’s not about mistakes or crucial decisions, it’s about the way you run the game. Players get nervous, too many voices, hissing at voices when some players yell.
“We are talking about the best competition and clearly it does not have the quality to whistle the game. I’m very disappointed to say this, but I wouldn’t feel good if I didn’t say it.
“I just don’t want to see him anymore, that’s what I told him. I hope he won’t whistle one of our games again because all the games we have with Lee Mason are always the same.
“He can’t control the players, the players argue constantly, both teams. With all the other referees, the game flows, there is dialogue. He’s just not ready to do it. “
On December 23, Nuno said that he would be discussing the matter with the FA on December 29 and that I would only apologize for the moment of your comments.
Nuno refused to apologize
Nuno said: “They weren’t in the best time to cross paths because it could be a misinterpretation.
“So I will apologize for my time, but I will not apologize for my words and thoughts.
“I will never, ever judge or question the integrity of a referee. I never did and never will in my life.
“What I said is about the skill of the referee, what I felt and what I saw in the match and previous matches.”
Post-match comments on a referee’s performance are permitted under FA regulations as long as they do not involve bias, attack the integrity of an official, are not personally offensive, lengthy, or particularly unreasonable.
Wolves return to action on Saturday in a Premier League clash with Brighton.