Premier League director handed ban after what he did against Newcastle United

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The incident occurred in the aftermath of Newcastle United's 2-2 draw at Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Wolverhampton Wanderers sporting director Matt Hobbs has been hit with a one-match stadium ban and fined following the 2-2 draw against Newcastle United last month.

The home side were left raging at the decision to award the Magpies a penalty on the brink of half-time, which saw Callum Wilson net his and his team's second goal at Molineux.

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Referee Anthony Taylor pointed to the spot when Fabian Schar went to ground in the box under a challenge by Hee-Chan Hwang. A lengthy VAR check took place but the on-field decision stood.

Wolves players appeal to English referee Anthony Taylor as the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) analyses a possible penalty offence during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on October 28, 2023. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)Wolves players appeal to English referee Anthony Taylor as the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) analyses a possible penalty offence during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on October 28, 2023. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)
Wolves players appeal to English referee Anthony Taylor as the VAR (Video Assistant Referee) analyses a possible penalty offence during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on October 28, 2023. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP) | AFP via Getty Images

Hwang later equalised in the second half but Wolves made their frustrations known at full-time with boss Gary O'Neil labelling the decision "scandalous".

A few days later, Hobbs was charged by the FA for improper conduct after allegedly directing improper and/or abusive and/or insulting language towards a match official.

Hobbs has now been found guilty by an independent regulatory commission. Hobbs has been fined £4,000 and serve a one-match stadium ban.

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A statement read: "Wolverhampton Wanderers’ sporting director has been given a one-match ground ban and £4,000 fine for misconduct at their Premier League game against Newcastle United on Saturday 28 October.

"Matt Hobbs admitted that his language towards a match official in or around the tunnel after the final whistle was improper and/or abusive and/or insulting.

"An independent Regulatory Commission imposed these sanctions following a hearing, and its written reasons will be published in due course."

On Saturday, both clubs were again at the centre of VAR controversy. Wolves suffered an injury-time defeat at Sheffield United via a controversial penalty incident, while the decision to allow Anthony Gordon's winner to stand against Arsenal was branded an "absolute disgrace" by Mikel Arteta.

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