Wolves have been dealt further punishment for their poor touchline discipline towards the end of their recent 2-4 defeat against Leeds United.
The clash at Molineux was a tense one as both sides battled to secure a win which could prove crucial in escaping relegation from the Premier League come the end of the season.
Such an intense contest naturally produced talking points in a game which was full of drama – including penalty debates, crunching tackles and cards galore.
The match boiled over when Wolves were in the ascendancy – having brought the scoreline to 2-3 after initially going three goals down – when left-back Jonny Otto received a red card for a high challenge on Whites right-back Luke Ayling.
Then came more drama as Leeds scored their fourth deep in stoppage time, a goal which the Wolves players and staff were convinced should have been chalked off due to a shirt pull on Adama Traore in the build up.
After referee Michael Salisbury consulted the VAR pitch-side monitor and decided to stick with his on-field decision of allowing the goal – the home dugout exploded into angry protests which saw unused substitute Matheus Nunes pick up a red card (a decision which has since been rescinded).
It was this display of off-field discontent which is now being punished by the FA, as confirmed via a statement today (per The Athletic).
“Wolverhampton Wanderers have been fined £57,500 following an incident in the 98th minute of their Premier League game on Saturday 18 March against Leeds United.
“Wolverhampton Wanderers admitted failing to ensure that their players and technical area occupants do not behave in a way which is improper towards an assistant referee and the fourth official.
“An independent Regulatory Commission imposed their fine following a subsequent hearing and the written reasons for this sanction will be published in due course.”
Wolves and Leeds are now separated by two points despite sitting four places apart from each other in the table (13th and 17th respectively) as the business end of the league season approaches.