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Official statement from Hawk-eye regarding that incident at Villa Park

An official statement from Hawk-eye has been released regarding that incident at Villa Park which denied Sheffield United victory.

A technical fault has be used as the reason for claiming the ball didn’t go over the line when it cleared had, as the Premier League resumed with huge controversy.

The Blades ended up coming away with a 0-0 draw after goal-line technology failed, in what was the top flight’s first game for three months.

Villa keeper Orjan Nyland carried Oliver Norwood’s free kick over the line, but bizarrely the referee said nothing came through on his watch and a goal was not awarded.

A win for Sheffield United would have put them into the top five ahead of the other games which will be played later this week.

The error might just play a who part of whether the club get European qualification come the end of the season.

You have to admit, the Blades did struggle throughout the game as the two as squads continue to get used to their new surroundings and rules.

A point’s a point for Villa, and it also comes in handy for them and their relegation battle.

Dean Smith’s side remain second from bottom and a point from safety.

Villa, desperately needing points after one win from their last seven games, were the better team but relied that huge bit of luck three minutes before the break.

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The technology failed for the first time since it was introduced in the Premier League in 2013.

A statement from Hawk-eye Innovations, who run the technology, after the match 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 Aston Villa goalkeeper, No. 25 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 IFAB 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.”

VAR did not intervene as play continued and Villa won a free kick.

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Aston Villa:
6.5 – Nyland
6.8 – Ngoyo
7.5 – Hause
6.9 – Mings
7.2 – Targett
6.6 – Luiz
8.0 – Hourihane
7.0 – McGinn
6.4 – Ghazi
6.3 – Davis
7.0 – Grealish
6.4 – Nakamba (sub)
5.9 – Samatta (sub)
6.1 – Trézéguet (sub)
6.3 – Mohamady (sub)

Sheffield United:
7.6 – Henderson
7.3 – Egan
7.8 – Basham
7.9 – Robinson
6.4 – Baldock
6.6 – Stevens
6.4 – Berge
6.6 – Lundstram
6.5 – Norwood
6.3 – Sharp
6.7 – McBurnie
6.4 – Freeman (sub)
6.4 – McGoldrick (sub)
6.1 – Mousset (sub)

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