“The referee does not have the quality to whistle the game” – Nuno Espirito Santo charged with improper conduct by FA

Nuno Espirito Santo said Lee Mason “does not have the quality to whistle the game” & the Portuguese’s remarks have earned him an FA charge.

“The referee does not have the quality to whistle the game” – Nuno Espirito Santo charged with improper conduct by FA

Nuno charged

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged by the FA for improper conduct, after comments made regarding match official Lee Mason on the back of his side’s 2-1 defeat to Burnley at Turf Moor.

“Nuno Espírito Santo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 in relation to their Premier League match against Burnley FC on Monday 21 December 2020,” read a statement from the FA spokesperson.

“It is alleged that comments made by the head coach during a post-match interview constitute improper conduct as they were personally offensive to the match official and/or bring the game into disrepute contrary to FA Rule E3.1. Nuno Espírito Santo has until Tuesday 5 January 2021 to provide a response to the charge.”

Speaking after the match, Nuno suggested that the referee needs to ‘get better’:

“The referee does not have the quality to whistle the game,” he said.

“It is not about the crucial mistakes or decisions, it is about the way he handles the game. The players get nervous, too much voices, he whistles by the voices when some players are shouting.”

Missing Jimenez

Wolves have faced a tricky stretch of their Premier League campaign of late, picking up just a solitary point from their last three matches. It is clear that, amid the absence of Raul Jimenez, who suffered a fractured skull in Wolves’ 2-1 victory against Arsenal earlier this season, the west midlands club have been struggling to convert chances.

Speaking on BBC’s Match of the Day, former Arsenal striker Ian Wright revealed his opinion that, had Nuno Espírito Santo had the Mexican striker available on Tuesday, Wolves would likely have departed Old Trafford with a win:

“Wolves very very unlucky at Manchester United,” said Wright.

“Wolves fans won’t want to hear it but if they’ve got that goalscorer then playing like this they’d probably nick this game and win it. But United did what they do, they didn’t give up because they’ve got top quality players.”

Raul Jimenez

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 04: Raul Jimenez of Wolverhampton Wanderers during the FA Cup Third Round match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Manchester United at Molineux on January 4, 2020 in Wolverhampton, England. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt – AMA/Getty Images)

The Portuguese coach has attempted a number of solutions since losing his number 9. Young striker Fabio Silva has been given opportunities, but has so far failed to step up to the job. The unorthodox option of Pedro Neto has also been tested, but the 20-year-old is more of a wide player.

With January approaching, there is a chance for Wolves to dip into the market, to bring in a more natural striker.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.