Marseille consider ‘punishing’ player for ‘refusing’ move to Wolves

Lewis Oldham

Marseille are considering “punishing” Duje Caleta-Car as he refused a deadline move with Wolves and Valencia interested in him, according to reports.

Under new boss Bruno Lage, Wolves were busy in the transfer market this summer. Six new players were brought in and this includes Hee-chan Hwang and Francisco Trincao.

They were unable to bring anyone in on deadline day, though. This is despite them being linked with a move for Renato Sanches. 

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Foot Mercado (as cited by Sport Witness) have reported that Wolves and Valencia were interested in signing Caleta-Car.

A move did not come to fruition though as the player “refused” to leave the Ligue 1 outfit. As a result, this blocked Marseille from bringing new players in.

This has angered the French side as the report states that they are considering “punishing” the defender. Marseille are thinking of using a “sporting sanction” to either leave him out of the first-team or demote him to their reserves.

Away from the transfers, Wolves lost 1-0 to Manchester United on Sunday. During the game, Paul Pogba put in a dangerous challenge on Ruben Neves.

Graeme Souness has suggested that this tackle was a “leg-breaker”:

“It is a foul,” he told Sky Sports. “Pogba doesn’t make any contact with the ball whatsoever. He made contact with the shin and the shinguard.

“How is it not a foul? That’s a leg-breaker. The referee is not blind-sided by anything, he’s two metres away from it. Whether Neves goes down immediately or doesn’t go down, that is immaterial. That is a leg-breaker. Look how close he is.

“That referee has deemed that not to be a foul. That’s impossible for anyone who knows anything about football to say that’s not a foul. He’s two yards away.

“He’s nowhere near the ball. It’s more than worrying. It’s alarming when a so-called senior referee doesn’t see that as a foul.”

Roy Keane agreed, as he added: “The real frustration for Wolves is that they’ve played really well and still lost the game. It rubs salt into the wounds. We all like the physical part of the game, but today I think that was a foul.

“Usually, when a poor decision is made we talk about the referee’s position but [Mike Dean] is in a great position. There was contact and I think it was a foul. Their biggest frustration is that they’ve lost the game.

“If he gives that as a foul, not one Manchester United player would’ve complained. Most fouls come from a bad touch, and Pogba took a bad touch there. He’s chasing after it but I think Neves could’ve been a bit smarter.”

Pogba himself dismissed talk of a foul, saying: “My view is, this is the Premier League, it’s a 50-50, every weekend you have this happening and today it was a question.

“If it was a foul it would be a foul. It was 50-50, I need to see it again but I don’t touch him.”