FA investigating alleged spitting incident during Forest v Wolves clash after VAR took no action

The FA have opened an investigation into Daniel Podence's alleged spit on Brennan Johnson during Nottingham Forest's draw against Wolves.

The Football Association has launched an investigation into Daniel Podence’s alleged spit on Brennan Johnson during Nottingham Forest’s match against Wolves.

The FA has announced that they are looking into an incident that occurred during Saturday’s 1-1 draw between Nottingham Forest and Wolves.

After a VAR review, Daniel Podence was found not guilty of spitting on Brennan Johnson during the relegation six-pointer.

After Johnson had given Forest a first-half lead at the City Ground, Podence equalised in the 83rd minute.

But, the Portuguese forward made headlines when VAR examined a possible red card transgression in stoppage time.

Johnson appeared to complain to referee Chris Kavanagh that Podence had spat in his face near the end of the match.

After ruling the footage at Stockley Park inconclusive, VAR, Neil Swarbrick did not propose that Kavanagh be given a red card.

However, the FA is currently investigating the incident, which could have major consequences for Podence if he is proven guilty.

Post-match comments from Wolves and Forest Managers

Wolves manager Julen Lopetegui remained tight-lipped about the issue following full-time.

He told reporters: “I didn’t talk with Daniel about this. I haven’t seen this image.”

Nevertheless, Forest head coach Steve Cooper stated that he “trusted” it would be “handled.”

“I have seen it back, and I have spoken to Brennan. But I am not going to add any fuel to the fire,” Cooper said.

“There are pictures and videos of it, and you have to trust the authorities to deal with it. You just trust that the processes will kick-in.”

Saturday was a hectic day at the bottom of the Premier League, with Podence’s goal possibly crucial to Wolves’ survival effort.

As a result, Wolves are 13th and Forest are 14th in the table, with only one point separating them and a narrow gap to the relegation zone as both try to avoid the drop.

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