Published On: Thu, Jun 18th, 2020

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder fuming over ‘farcical’ goal incident vs Aston Villa | Football | Sport

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder was astonished after goal-line technology failed to award a clear-cut strike in their Premier League restart stalemate with Aston Villa.

“Everyone saw it – all 300 of us in the ground.

“And the jokes have already started, haven’t they? I’ve already seen Del Boy wearing a Hawkeye watch on social media.

“We were expecting VAR. Surely there has to be a back-up – this goes right to the top of the pile of bad decisions.”

Hawkeye released a statement after discovering that the technology had failed.

It read: “During the first half of Aston Villa v Sheffield United match at Villa Park, there was a goal line incident where the ball was carried over the line by the Aston Villa goalkeeper, Nyland.

“The match officials did not receive a signal to the watch nor earpiece as per the Goal Decision System (GDS) protocol.

“The seven cameras located in the stands around the goal area were significantly occluded by the goalkeeper, defender, and goalpost. This level of occlusion has never been seen before in over 9,000 matches that the Hawk-Eye Goal Line Technology system has been in operation.

“The system was tested and proved functional prior to the start of the match in accordance with the laws of the game and confirmed as working by the match officials. The system has remained functional throughout. Hawk-Eye unreservedly apologises to the Premier League, Sheffield United, and everyone affected by this incident.”

Villa gaffer Dean Smith admitted his side were fortunate but does not believe it would have inevitably led to a defeat.

“We have got away with one with the technology not working,” he said.

“But I’ve been in the position where technology has not been as good for us.

“There are always errors. There’s human error and have seen them with VAR and now we have seen one with Hawkeye.

“But although it might have changed the game, I dispute that it could have cost us. We will never know. Their keeper made some good saves – overall, we were deserving of more.”

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