Man arrested after alleged & # 39; monkey singing and gestures & # 39; focused on Wolves winger Adama Traore during Europa League victory over Espanyol
- A 24-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of & # 39; racially aggravated abuse & # 39;
- It is claimed that the fan & # 39; monkey singing & # 39; made direction Adama Traore
- Wolves hit 4-0 winners on the night of their first leg against Espanyol
A 24-year-old man was arrested for racist abuse reportedly in the direction of Wolves winger Adama Traore.
Wolves had 4-0 winners in the night after a hat trick by Diogo Jota, but the night was soured on arrest on suspicion of & # 39; racially aggravated abuse & # 39 ;.
A spokesperson for West Midlands police spokesman said: & We have arrested a 24-year-old man from Spain on suspicion of racially aggravated abuse after yesterday singing at the Wolves v Espanyol competition.
& he remains in police custody for interrogation. Any form of discrimination is unacceptable and will not be tolerated. & # 39;
The Express and Star further reported that the fan, who was ejected from the stadium during the Europa League last-32 first leg, reportedly made & # 39; monkey chants and gestures & # 39; to Traore.
It is believed that the UEFA's three-step protocol for handling racist incidents during competitions has not been established by the referee.
Wolves have one foot in the last-16 after the impressive victory on the LaLiga side in the first leg.
Jota gave them a lead after 15 minutes before Ruben Neves scored a stunning volley from the reach to double the lead for Nuno Espirito Santo & # 39; s side.
It was one-way traffic from that moment on, and after Jota completed his hat trick, Wolves was able to cast an eye on the final-16.
Diogo Jota hit another Europa League hat trick and Ruben Neves scored a goal worthy of the biggest stages of football to help Wolves take a new step towards European glory.
With his team 1-0 at Espanyol in this first leg of their final 32 tie, Neves produced a moment of rare beauty early in the second half: a 25-meter Volleyball that bustled past goalkeeper Andres Prieto and Wolves in a powerful position helps for the second leg of next week in Barcelona. Neves & # 39; masterpiece awarded Jota & # 39; s second treble in as many Europa League games after he also scored three runs in the 4-0 win over Besiktas in December.
The home team believes that justice has been done. The margin of victory was a fair reward for their superiority, while Espanyol midfielder Ander Iturraspe was lucky not to be sent for a clear header on Jota on the edge of the break.
EQUAL FACTS AND PLAYER REVIEWS
Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-3) : Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Moutinho, Neves, Jonny; Traore (Dendoncker 61), Jota (Podence 83), Jimenez (Neto 75)
Subs not used: Ruddy, Campana, Jordao, Kilman
Booked : Moutinho
Objectives: Iota (15, 67, 81), Neves (52)
Manager: Nuno Espirito Santo
Espanyol (4-4-2): Prieto; Gomez (Darder 76), Calero, Naldo, Vila; Vargas, Iturraspe (Lopez 61), Sanchez, Melendo (Calleri 62); Ferreyra, Wu
Subs not used: Cabrera, Embarba, Pedrosa
Posted: Iturraspe, Gomez, Sanchez
[1945 Objectives: N / A
Manager: Abelardo Fernandez
Referee: Tobias Stieler (Germany)  ]
For Wolves, this was their first European knockout draw since the 1980/81 season – and their 13th match of a campaign that started on July 25 against the Irish club Crusaders in the first qualifying round.
European football has put a heavy burden on the small team of Nuno Espirito Santo. For their 43rd competitive competition of the season, the Portuguese chose his strongest available XI, with Adama Traore – who started his career with Barcelona, Espanyol's most famous city rivals – and Joao Moutinho recovered in the starting XI.
With Guo Guangchang, chairman of Wolves & Chinese owner Fosun, watching from the stands – only the second game he attended this season – the home team was happy to put their opponents time and space on the ball and they might have to pay Early on, winger Wu Lei had done better when Matias Vargas & distant postal cross found him unnoticed.
Wolves had clear physical superiority over their opponents, with both Raul Jimenez and Traore squandering good chances after Victor Sanchez and Didac Vila respectively. Jimenez overcame the ball as he tried to outwit Naldo, while Traore's 12-meter effort was saved by Andres Prieto with his feet.
By that time, Wolves were 1-0 higher. Traore won a corner on the right and played briefly against Moutinho, who drove to the nearby post for Jimenez to take the path of Jota.
Jota & # 39; s first volley was deflected from Sanchez and flew past Prieto – the first time Wolves had opened the score in a game, as they defeated Besiktas here on December 12.
& # 39; I don't close the door for anything & # 39 ;: Adama Traore is open to the exit from Wolves, because winger insists that he & # 39; no problem & # 39; has for Real Madrid despite the history of Barcelona
- ] Adama Traore left Barcelona in 2015 for Aston Villa after success with the B-side
- He was limited to only four first team appearances but says he has no regrets
- The explosive winger made an impression on Wolves this season and scored four goals
- He is associated with a return to Spain and says he is open to a movement
The 24-year-old form has linked him with a stunning move back to Barcelona, but now Real Madrid has entered the race to sign the powerful winger.
Talking about a possible move to the Bernabeu, Traore told the Spanish news channel La Vanguardia : & # 39; problem for me.
I don't close the door for anything. I am very happy here at the moment, the team is fantastic.
& # 39; But both Madrid and Barca will arrive when they have to arrive. & # 39;
Traore spent 11 years in Barcelona, but only made three first team appearances for the Spanish super club.
He played regularly for their renowned B team, but failed to leave in 2015 and left for England.
He explained: & # 39; I have no resentment for what happened.
& # 39; It would not make sense. Certain decisions made by certain people do not mean that I have a problem with the club.
& # 39; But when determining my future I have no problem going to Madrid. It will be based on the decisions that I make with my family. & # 39;
Although Traore is considering a return to Spain, he says he has no regrets for leaving one of the top clubs in Europe.
He said: & It was a decision of mine that influenced Barcelona decisions.
& # 39; There were certain situations that I didn't like, problems with those responsible at the time, and I decided to leave.
& # 39; These are things I will tell in due course, but for now I will keep them to myself. & # 39;
Conor Coady rejoices in the European adventure of Wolves while the side of Nuno Espirito Santo continues to doubt the wrong side before Espanyol draw
- Wolves receive Spanish side Espanyol in the round of 32 in the round Europa League
- The side of Nuno Espirito Santo worked well this season
- Wolf captain Conor Coady said he liked the doubters proved that they had the wrong doubts
Conor Coady enjoys proving doubts with Wolves thrive despite their heavy workload.
Thursday Europa League last-32 first game against Espanyol in Molineux is Wolves & # 39; 43rd game of the season after they started their campaign with qualifiers in July.
But the Midlanders have only three points less than in this phase of the Premier League of last season when they ended a seventh year after promotion. Tonight's opponents, on the other hand, have struggled with the extra games and are at the bottom La Liga .
Captain Coady, 26, enjoyed the heavy schedule.
& # 39; It's brilliant, & # 39; he said. & # 39; Every player will tell you that they would rather play than train. It is something that every player wants.
& # 39; You work for that. Many people wanted to see us and say: & # 39; They find it difficult & # 39; but we wanted to embrace it and show ourselves and our supporters that we could do it. & # 39;
Portuguese wing back Ruben Vinagre will miss tonight's game due to a hamstring injury.
How appropriate that the man who Neymar & # 39; Golden Boy & # 39; mentioned, opponents with old gold had to choose to start his season.
It was last September when & # 39; the world's most expensive soccer player grabbed a felt-tip pen and wrote those words on Richarlison's shirt after the Everton attacker made a dazzling first appearance for Brazil. Neymar recognized his talent and wanted to see him bloom. Only by Everton.
His first year at Merseyside was good, full of life and goals, but this campaign had been unfavorable. Up to now.
& # 39; I don't think the referees know what's going on and we don't know what's going on & # 39 ;: Wolves captain Conor Coady insists that VAR remains baffled after Willy Boly & # 39 ; s purpose was rejected
- Willy Boly & # 39; s first half header was broken down after a video review on Friday
- It was rejected because Pedro Netside's ankle was offside in the build-up
- It was the second time this season that Wolves had a goal against Leicester
- The strike van Leander Dendoncker on the opening day of the season was also excluded
Wolves skipper Conor Coady insists that referees and players are still bewildered by VAR. The side of Nuno Espirito Santo was held on Friday by a 10-man Leicester tie in Molineux after Willy Boly's goal was rejected. offside in the build-up.
It was the second time this season that Wolves had excluded a goal by VAR against Leicester – the strike of Leander Dendoncker in the 0-0 tie on the opening day of the season was also not allowed.
& # 39; I don't think the referees know what's going on and we don't know what's going on, & # 39; said Coa dy. & # 39; We should have won the game, it's that simple, but we don't understand the decision. I don't think many people understand the decision, but it has been taken and that is twice against Leicester this season.
& # 39; We also found it cruel in place. I don't want to talk too much about VAR. I've talked about it before and it doesn't really take you anywhere. & # 39;
Wolves, seventh in the Premier League, could still have won after Hamza Choudhury was sent 14 minutes to receive a second yellow card, with Raul Jimenez leading and Kasper Schmeichel leading Adama Traore denied.
& # 39; They are a fantastic team, they have done brilliantly throughout the season, have a brilliant manager and brilliant players, & # 39; said Coady.
& # 39; It wasn't the fact that they were down to 10 men, it was the fact that we went ahead, we showed our character. & # 39;
Leicester remains third, eight points ahead of Chelsea, despite being only one of their last five top-flight games.
They welcome Manchester City next Saturday at the King Power Stadium. Leicester follows the champions to the point that they have played a game more, although their hopes for the Champions League were reinforced by City & # 39; s obstructing two-year European ban.
& # 39; It is important that we improve, as we look back to last season, we had some games that we could not draw and lost at the end, the competition here for example (a last-minute 4 -3 defeat), & said Leicester defender Ricardo Pereira.
& # 39; We are in a good position, but we must want more, we must be ambitious, we must continue to work and get points and be as high as possible on the table. & # 39;
"Nobody knows? So you look up the game again and you don't know? Con Conor Coady and Mike Dean in heated exchange after rejecting Wolves' goal in stalemate with Leicester
- There was VAR controversy when Wolves signed 0-0 with Leicester City
- Video technology excluded Willy Boly's goal shortly before half-time
- Pedro Neto's toe was considered offside in the run-up to the & # 39; goal & # 39;
- Wolf Captain Conor Coady and Referee Mike Dean shared hot words
The two teams shared a scoreless draw at Molineux in a forgettable affair, but the game was marred but another controversial decision dictated by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR).
Willy Boly headed Wolves just before half-time, but VAR finally signed the goal due to Pedro Neto's wandering offside.
When referee Mike Dean walked to the tunnel for the rest period, Captain Coady approached the referee and demanded to know why the goal was excluded.
Coady said: & # 39; So who is offside? Iota? The offside of Jota when the goal enters? & # 39;
Dean then pointed to his ear and indicated that the VAR had told him to exclude the target even though he did not see the decision.
That br considers Coady to shout as he shrugged: & # 39; So no one knows? You referee the game and you don't know? & # 39;
The result meant that Wolves were 14 points behind Leicester, who were 11 points ahead of fifth place in Sheffield United.
The side of Nuno Espirito Santo is in seventh place, three points behind the Blades, because fifth place in the Premier League table looks like it might be enough to qualify for the Champions League after Manchester City a two-year European ban by UEFA.
Wolves can be overtaken in seventh place if Manchester United avoids the Stamford Bridge on Monday night, while Tottenham Hotspur can jump in fifth place to beat Aston Villa on Sunday.
Wolves 0-0 Leicester: Controversial VAR call denies Willy Boly winner for Wolves while 10-man Leicester sees stalemate in Molineux
Willy Boly scored a header in the first half without complaints from Leicester or referee Mike Dean.
But Michael Oliver sitting in Stockwell Park noticed that Diogo Jota & # 39; s rear boat was offside before he sent in the cross.
Later in the game, Leicester was reduced to 10 men after Hamza Choudhury was sent for a second yellow card.
In the last minutes, Raul Jimenez headed centimeters wide from a corner and sealed the fate of Wolves.
Wolverhampton Wanderers (3-4-2-1): Rui Patricio; Boly, Coady, Saiss; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves (Moutinho 81), Otto; Neto (Traore 64), Jota (Podence 78); Jimenez
Subs unused: Gibbs-White, Ruddy, Kilman, Neighbor
Posted Booked : Dendoncker, Neves
Leicester City (4-1-4-1): Schmeichel; Pereira, Evans, Soyuncu, Chilwell; Choudhury; Perez (Albrighton 68), Tielemans (Praet 75), Maddison, Barnes (Morgan 90 + 4); Vardy
Subs unused: Justin, Gray, Ward, Iheanacho
Sent : Choudhury
Referee: Mike Dean
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Six points from the top four with a place in the last 32 of the Europa League, the transformation at Wolves has been quick and remarkable.
The team of Nuno Espirito Santo knows that the victory in tonight's game with Leicester City will see them leapfrog Champions League -chasing Tottenham and are only three points from the coveted fourth place.
They also receive Espanyol on Thursday as their Europa League adventure continues.
Sportsmail looks at the most important components of the wolf side and their walk-in for the second half of the season.
With 11 goals in 25 league games, it is difficult to overlook the importance of Raul Jimenez.
The 28-year-old has been a revelation since switching to Molineux and has not attracted surprising interest from other clubs.
Wolves are blessed with offensive midfielders such as Pedro Neto, Diogo Jota and January signing Daniel Podence, but have no other out-and-out strikers who can act if the Mexican was injured or suspended. That is why it was imperative that they detain the attacker in January.
However, Jimenez is not the only player who can weigh with a goal. Adama Traore has netted five times in all competitions and has also delivered eight assists.
The winger has made remarkable improvements to his game this season and can punish defenders with his pace and power.
Traore is another player who has been associated with a relocation of the club, but he will be crucial to Wolves' hope to finish in the top six and continue in the Europa League.
Conor Coady is the only outfield player who has played every minute of every Premier League game for Wolves this season.
The captain carries his heart on his sleeve and is not afraid to give his opinion when it comes to post-match interviews.
However, Coady is not immune to mistakes and two of his mistakes have resulted in opposition goals.
Romain Saiss and Leo Dendoncker also have better defensive statistics compared to nearly double the number of interceptions and both have won more tackles (32 and 47 compared to Coady & # 39; s 30).
But it is the Captains organization and determination that make him so vital.
Every club needs a leader and Coady embodies the spirit of Nuno & # 39; s team.
In recent years there has been a buzz about the young players in Wolves midfield with names like Jota, Neto and Ruben Neves who appear as exciting outlook.
But it is probably a more experienced player who has been the star in the middle of the park this season.
Joao Moutinho turns 34 this year, but the midfielder shows no signs of delay. The Portuguese international is second to all league games this season and his experience makes him an essential part of Nuno & # 39; s side.
Moutinho has delivered seven assists in all competitions and has also made the most tackles from any player.
His vision and ability to control midfield makes it easy for others to play around him and he is a great example for the younger players to learn from.
& # 39; Bouncebackability & # 39;
If Wolves both start games and finish them, they can get even closer to the top four.
Nuno & # 39; s team have conceded the first goal in a league-high 17 different games this season.
However, they have continued to collect 18 points of losing position, which is more than any other side.
With 35 goals in the Premier League, 26 came in the second half, including three strikes in injury time.
Liverpool is perhaps the & # 39; mentality monsters & # 39; of the division, but it seems that Wolves have developed their own never-say-that-that attitude.
Vision of Nuno
After winning the championship during his first managerial year, Nuno led Wolven to the seventh on their return to the top flight.
] This caused the Europa League football for the current campaign and his team now faces Espanyol in the last 32 after second place in group K.
It was a remarkable rise for a club that only finished three in second place in the second row of seasons ago.
Nuno came a year after the acquisition of Fosun International and was able to transform the team's fortunes with their support.
Although the Portuguese manager has received a lot of money to spend, signatures such as Traore, Jimenez, Moutinho, Neves and Jota have all proved successful.
The 46-year-old is still waiting for a new contract with his deal that expires in 2021. If Wolves does not quickly secure their manager, there may be several clubs competing for its services.
With 13 games remaining, wolves are firmly in the race for a place in one of the European competitions.
Nuno & # 39; s party must play five of the eight clubs above them starting the Friday night game against Leicester.
Matches against Arsenal, Sheffield United, Everton and Chelsea all come in the last six games of the season in which a crucial period could prove to be.
But the chances of the club to challenge the top six and higher may be hampered if they proceed to the final stages of the Europa League.
Wolves started their season on July 25 when they faced Crusaders in the second qualifying round of the competition. If they reached the final, their campaign would end on May 17.
It will be a balancing act for the club to continue their efforts on two fronts, but it is a challenge that Nuno and his side will enjoy.