Manchester City Penalty Overturned in 5-1 Win Over Wolves

An independent panel ruled that Manchester City's first penalty in their 5-1 win over Wolves should not have been awarded. The panel deemed the on-field decision incorrect, citing a "coming together" of players rather than a reckless challenge.

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Manchester City Penalty Overturned in 5-1 Win Over Wolves

Manchester City Penalty Overturned in 5-1 Win Over Wolves

An independent panel has ruled that Manchester City's first penalty in their 5-1 win over Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves) at the Etihad Stadium on Wednesday should not have been awarded. The penalty was given in the 12th minute after Wolves defender Rayan Ait-Nouri was deemed to have fouled Manchester City's Josko Gvardiol, leading to Erling Haaland's goal from the spot.

The five-person Key Match Panel, consisting of three former Premier League players or coaches, one representative of the Premier League, and one from the Professional Game Match Officials Board, voted 3-2 that referee Craig Pawson should not haveawarded the penalty. The majority of the panel deemed the on-field decision incorrect,"citing that the incident was a coming together due to the normal actions of both players and the challenge is not reckless. "Two panellists believed Ait-Nouri had committed a foul, but all five agreed that there were no sufficient grounds for VAR to intervene.

Despite the panel's ruling, Manchester City went on to secure a commanding 5-1 victory over Wolves. Haaland scored four goals on the night, with substitute Julian Alvarez also finding the net. Hwang Hee-Chan scored the lone goal for Wolves.

The panel also reviewed two incidents from the Arsenal vs. Bournemouth match. They were split 3-2 in support of referee David Coote's decision to disallow Bournemouth's goal, which was scored by Antoine Semenyo. The panel also split 3-2 in support of Coote's decision to award Arsenal a penalty after Kai Havertz was brought down by Bournemouth goalkeeper Mark Travers, with a unanimous 5-0 vote that VAR should have intervened. Arsenal won the match 3-0, with goals from Bukayo Saka, Leandro Trossard, and Declan Rice.

The independent panel's ruling on Manchester City's penalty provides further insight into the ongoing debate surroundingrefereeing decisionsand the use of VAR in the Premier League. While the panel deemed the penalty award incorrect, it ultimately did not impact the final result as Manchester City comfortably defeated Wolves 5-1 at the Etihad Stadium.