After recently speaking out against referee Lee Mason, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo was fined £ 25,000 and cautioned about his potential behaviour. After his side lost 2-1 to Burnley on December 21, Nuno said Mason was not good enough to referee in the Premier League.
The Football Association announced that after a personal hearing, the Wolves manager acknowledged a charge of disorderly conduct. Nuno commented on Lee Mason’s success at Turf Moor (Peter Powell/PA) A statement from the association said: “The Wolves head coach admitted that his comments were disorderly behavior during a post-match interview as they personally insulted the referee.” We’re talking about the best rivalry, and he obviously doesn’t have the consistency to whistle in the game. “We’re talking about the best competition and he clearly doesn’t have the quality to whistle the game. ” I hope he never whistles at any of our other games, because all the games we have with Lee Mason are still the same. Nuno apologised two days later for the timing of his remarks but stood by his opinion. Following his comments at Burnley (Peter Powell/PA), Nuno admitted a charge of disorderly conduct. He said: “They were not at the best moment to come across because it could be a bad interpretation.” On New Year’s Eve, the English Football Association (FA) agreed to charge him and a fine was issued after a hearing. Morgan Gibbs-White returns to Molineux (Nigel French/PA)After coping with a foot injury in Wales, Gibbs-White played six games for the Sky Bet Championship Swans, scoring one goal. “The young player has impressed in the first half of the season with the Championship side and now returns to Nuno Espirito Santo’s first-team squad at Compton Park,” a Wolves statement said. Wolves are currently without a number of players. Leander Dendoncker has been out with knee issues for almost a month but has returned to training, Daniel Podence may be out with calf problems for several weeks, Willy Boly has been out with a hamstring problem since mid-December, Jonny (knee) and Raul Jimenez (fractured skull) are long-term absentees.