Wolves Manager Nuno Espirito Santo Charged With Fallacious Conduct


Wolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with flawed conduct by the Football Organization, over comments he made approximately referee Lee Mason. The Portuguese was once highly critical of the official after his side’s Premier League match against Burnley on December 21. The FA said in a remark: “Nuno Espirito Santo has been charged with a breach of FA Rule E3 in terms of their Premier League match against Burnley FC on Monday December 21, 2020. It is alleged that comments made by the head coach all over a post-match interview constitute flawed conduct as they were personally offensive to the match official and/or bring the game into disrepute.”

Nuno has until January 5 to reply to the charge, the FA said.

The Wolves boss took aim at Mason after the Burnley match, which ended in a 2-1 defeat for his side.

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

He added: “I just don’t need to see him more — that is what I told him. I’m hoping he doesn’t whistle a game of ours again because the entire games we have with Lee Mason are at all times the same.”

“He cannot keep watch over the players, the players are constantly arguing — both teams. With the entire other referees the game flows, there’s dialogue. He is just not in a position to do it.”

Nuno has said he would only apologise for the timing of his comments not for his “words and thoughts”.

“I never ever will pass judgement on or question the integrity of a referee,” he said. “I never did it and I can never do it in my life.”


“What I said is approximately the ability of the referee, what I felt and what I saw in the match and preceding matches.”

Post-match comments approximately a referee’s performance are permitted under FA regulations given they don’t imply bias, attack an official’s integrity, don’t seem to be personally offensive, prolonged or especially unreasonable.

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