Daniel Podence: Wolves Forward Bizarrely Escapes Red Card Despite Appearing to Spit on Brennan Johnson

Daniel Podence: Wolves Forward Bizarrely Escapes Red Card Despite Appearing to Spit on Brennan Johnson

Martin Moses
  • Daniel Podence avoided a straight red card despite appearing to spit on an opponent
  • Podence was involved in an altercation with Brennan Johnson towards the end of the game
  • The Video Assistant Referee looked at the incident and no further action was taken

Daniel Podence was lucky to escape a red card during a Premier League encounter on Saturday afternoon at the City Ground.

Podence was in action for Wolverhampton Wanderers as they took on Nottingham Forrest as the race to avoid the chop at the end of the season gathers pace.

Daniel Podence, Wolverhampton Wanderers, Brennan Johnson
Daniel Podence celebrates after scoring against Nottingham Forrest. Photo by Nick Potts.
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Forrest took the lead through Brennan Johnson just before the break. Podence restored parity for Julen Lopetegui's side seven minutes from time with a wonderfully taken goal.

Towards the end of the game, the two goalscorers were involved in a disgusting incident as Podence appeared to spit on Johnson.

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What the law says

Centre referee Chris Kavanagh was referred to the monitor, but after a review, no further action was taken.

Now, according to the Laws of the Game, a player spitting on another player is deemed as a foul, with more often than not, the offender usually getting his marching orders and a direct freekick awarded.

Why he escaped the red card

However, the official explanation given was that the officials did not see any visible saliva in their replays. Arsenal legend turned pundit Ian Wright hilariously remarked that it was a 'dry spit.'

The Football Association is expected to review the incident and provide a way forward on whether there will be further action on Podence.

Johnson was asked about it after the game, but the 21-year-old downplayed the incident.

"I think it's just high emotion. I don't remember it clearly. I don't want to talk about it too much. I saw a motion come from him, but they looked at it and said it didn't happen," as quoted by Goal.

His Head Coach Steve Cooper wasn't too thrilled about it and appeared to call on the authorities to take action.

The point apiece leaves Wolves in 13th place, a point ahead of their opponents, having played a game more.

Guardiola taunts Liverpool player

Earlier in the day, Pep Guardiola savagely celebrated in front of Liverpool player Kostas Tsimikas after Julian Alvarez grabbed an equaliser on Saturday afternoon.

Sports Brief reported that Guardiola had seen his side fall behind to a 17th-minute strike from Mohamed Salah, only for Alvarez to restore parity with a fine finish 10 minutes later.

As soon as his goal went in, there were crazy celebrations at the Etihad with Guardiola leading them. The Spanish manager turned on Tsimikas, who was coming back from warming up.