Carl Ikeme accuses Norwich City’s Wes Hoolahan of diving TWICE, to help Canaries earn pivotal penalty and sending off in their victory over Wolverhampton Wanderers

Carl Ikeme is sent off by referee David Coote for shoving Wes Hoolahan to the ground at Carrow Road.

Carl Ikeme is sent off by referee David Coote for shoving Wes Hoolahan to the ground at Carrow Road. Picture by Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Wolverhampton Wanderers goalkeeper Carl Ikeme took to Twitter on Sunday morning to defend his sending off at Carrow Road – and accuse Wes Hoolahan of diving for both the penalty and his dismissal.

Ikeme saw red for violent conduct after shoving Hoolahan to the floor in the 72nd minute – that was the keeper’s immediate reaction to conceding a penalty, after he raced out to meet Hoolahan and ended up colliding with the player.

“Been mulling over whether to say anything or not,” Ikeme tweeted. “Some will say don’t react. I understand ur (sic) 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 supposed you live and learn but this one is hard to take. I apologise if anyone feels let down.

“A lot of Norwich fans not happy. I have nothing against your club or Wes. These things happen in football so we just move on.”

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The game was finely balanced at the time with Wolves having made it 1-1 just 13 minutes earlier, through a penalty of their own.

However, with former Norwich manager Paul Lambert having already made three Wolves substitutions before Ikeme’s dismissal, it meant full-back Matt Doherty was left putting on a gallant attempt at goalkeeping for the remainder of the match.

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Robbie Brady dispatched the resulting penalty, before Jonny Howson completed City’s victory in injury time.

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