Wolves boss charged over criticism of referee

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Wolverhampton Wanderers manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with improper conduct by the Football Association for his criticism of referee Lee Mason.

Nuno said after Wolves’ 2-1 defeat by Burnley on 21 December that Mason is not good enough to officiate at the top level.

The Portuguese manager subsequently refused to apologise for his comments.

The FA allege his comments constitute improper conduct as they were personally offensive to Mason.

Nuno has until Tuesday, 5 January 2021 to respond to the charge.

Before the charge was announced, Nuno said he regretted the timing of his criticism but that he would never question the integrity of an official and was making a comment on the ability of the referee.

Under current FA regulations, post-match comments that criticise the performance or competence of a match official are permitted unless they imply bias, attack the official’s integrity, are personally offensive, are prolonged, or are particularly unreasonable.

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By Ofhani Munyai

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