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Wolves goalkeeper accuses Wes Hoolahan of 'blatantly' diving in Twitter rant

The Ireland playmaker won a penalty which put Norwich City 2-1 up during yesterday’s Championship game.

Stoke City v Wolverhampton Wanderers - Emirates FA Cup - Third Round - Bet365 Stadium Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme. Source: PA Archive/PA Images

CARL IKEME HAS hit out at Wes Hoolahan after the Republic of Ireland playmaker was involved in a controversial incident during yesterday’s Championship game between Norwich City and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Carrow Road.

Hoolahan was awarded a second-half penalty after he was fouled by Ikeme. Irish team-mate Robbie Brady stepped up to convert the spot-kick and Norwich went on to win 3-1.

Ikeme felt that Hoolahan dived to win the penalty, however, and pushed the Dubliner to the ground before being shown a straight red card. Hoolahan and Wolves’ Irish defender Matt Doherty were both booked in the subsequent melee.


This morning, the Wolves goalkeeper took to Twitter to express his anger. He said: “[I've] been mulling over whether to say anything or not. Some will say don’t react. I understand your point.

“It’s hard not to be frustrated when someone blatantly dives to win a penalty… then dives again when pushed on his chest. I suppose you live and learn but this one is hard to take. I apologise if anyone feels let down.”

Ikeme seemed to back down slightly around half an hour later after receiving some less than encouraging feedback from Norwich supporters: “A lot of Norwich fans [are] not happy. I have nothing against your club or Wes. These things happen in football so we just move on.”

The highlights of the game can be viewed below. As you can see, the only misdemeanour here is the ridiculous clash of kits.

Source: Official Wolves/YouTube

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