Referee Simon Hooper inadvertently went against VAR’s offside guidelines in Wolves’ 2-1 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
Raul Jimenez was incorrectly ruled offside as Hooper blew his whistle just before Diogo Jota scored what should have been Wolves’ third goal.
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Jota should’ve extended Wolves’ lead
Replays showed Jimenez was onside in the build-up to the goal as Jota could be seen telling Hooper he should have waited for the phase of play to end before blowing his whistle.
For VAR guidelines on offside, the Premier League states: “Where there is a clear and obvious goal scoring opportunity and the assistant referee is not certain whether the attacker actively involved is in an offside position, the assistant should delay indicating the offence until the phase of play has concluded.
The rules state: “Where there is a clear and obvious goal scoring opportunity and the assistant referee is certain the attacker actively involved is in an offside position, then the assistant should indicate the offence immediately.
“In both of these situations the referee should wait to blow the whistle until the immediate phase of play has ended.”
First-half goals from Joao Moutinho and Jimenez had given Wolves a commanding lead.
Jota’s strike was disallowed in the 51st minute as Steve Cook pulled one back for Bournemouth just before the hour mark.
But Wolves held on to the win as Nuno Espirito Santo’s men extended their unbeaten Premier League run to eight games.
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