Wolves boss Nuno could repeat pitch celebration despite fine

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After being hit with an £8,000 fine for running on the pitch during a Premier League game, Wolves boss Nuno said he might do it again.

Wolves head coach Nuno Espirito Santo has suggested he could repeat his on-field celebration, even though it cost him £8,000.

Nuno was charged and fined by the Football Association (FA) after running on to the Molineux turf to celebrate Diogo Jota's late clincher in a 4-3 Premier League win over Leicester City last weekend.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp received the same punishment when he marked Divock Origi's Merseyside derby winner against Everton at Anfield in December by rushing on to the field to hug Alisson.

And while Nuno has accepted his fine, the Portuguese indicated he may have to open his wallet to pay the FA again.

"Everybody knows it is hard to contain those emotions in such a special moment," Nuno said on Friday.

"Last minute of the game, last goal, it gave us such an important victory. I tried to be as far away as possible to avoid the situation.

"But I maintain my opinion the referee made the right decision but at the same time I think everybody understood why I went onto the pitch.

"It's very difficult to say I won't do it again. I think that goes for everybody, managers and players. It is such a moment of thrill that sometimes you cannot contain yourself - it's difficult."

Jota’s goal was the dramatic finale to what was a thrilling match at Molineux on Saturday.

Wolves led 2-0 and 3-2 before Leicester twice battled back to level during the second half, with Wes Morgan equalising with three minutes left.

But Jota’s injury-time intervention secured yet another three points in what is turning out to be a fine return to the top flight for Wolves.

The Black Country side are currently eighth in the Premier League in what is their first top-flight season for six years.

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They are already on course for their highest finish since 1981, when they finished 18th in the old Division One.

Wolves travel to Shrewsbury Town in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday with Nuno's men having knocked out Premier League leaders Liverpool in the last round.

Next up in the Premier League is a home game against West Ham on Tuesday.