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Jonjo Shelvey issues kept on the boil as Paul Lambert responds to Rafa Benitez

4 years ago

Wolves fans predictably had had their day in the sun when having a go at Jonjo Shelvey, Newcastle came away with the three points, game over.

However, Rafa Benitez stoked new fire into the debate when calling for the FA to investigate the conduct of the Wolves fans.

I wrote on The Mag this morning that I thought it was an error on Rafa’s part to give this story any more legs, much more preferable to simply let it fade away into being a non-story.

The player taking his punishment and the Wolves supporters adding their bit, sticks and stones and all that.

Sure enough, Rafa’s words (see below) have now prompted a response from Paul Lambert.

The Wolves boss no doubt grateful for anything to deflect attention away from the relegation fight they now find themselves in.

Paul Lambert coming out and saying ‘our fans were brilliant’ and ‘I never heard anything derogatory’.

Also adding ‘I won’t let anybody criticise our supporters’, Lambert clearly desperate to pick up cheap brownie points with the club’s fans.

It is a joke really for Rafa to suggest the FA getting involved but an even bigger joke for Lambert to claim the Wolves fans hadn’t been at least a little bit naughty/over the top.

Hopefully we can now finally put an end to this and Newcastle can concentrate on promotion, whilst Wolves concentrate fully on relegation.

Paul Lambert:

“Let the FA decide but I will stick up for Wolves fans here and say there was nothing in it whatsoever.

“I never heard anything and I thought our fans were brilliant.

“I won’t let anybody criticise our supporters.

“I never heard anything derogatory.”

Rafa Benitez:

“It was not an easy game for him (Jonjo Shelvey) but I think he did well.

“The team was working hard and he showed composure and a cool mind to play and to keep the ball.

“He did a good job for the team.

“He is a professional and he knows you have to concentrate on the game.

“Yes, we knew what was going to happen but one thing the FA has to maybe consider is what the fans say.

“Maybe, to control what the fans say in every stadium and then they have more respect.”


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