Date: 18th June 2020 at 5:00pm
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The big talking point on Wednesday evening wasn’t Aston Villa’s return to Premier League action in our tie against Sheffield United, it very quickly became about the non-goal as goalkeeper Orjan Nyland quite clearly carried the ball over the line after being bundled in by Keinan Davis.

Understandably Sheffield United were a little perplexed by the decision, as were plenty of Villa fans in fairness as well, but who can blame us for taking that piece of luck given the VAR decisions and nonsense that has gone against us already this season – let alone the fact we should’ve easily won the game, had we been able to put the ball in the net ourselves.

Hawkeye’s response was largely hysterical and simply frayed tempers further.

Ignoring the interesting use of the word ‘occluded’, people rightly asked why the Video Assistant Referee’s back at Stockley Park didn’t intervene (similar questions were asked about our penalty calls), but they couldn’t…Hawkeye trumps them and Michael Oliver quite clearly indicates he got no signal from his watch. You play to the referee’s whistle at the end of the day.

Anyone Genuinely Believe It Wasn't A Goal?

100% Over The Line

100% Over The Line

I'm With Hawkeye, I Wasn't Looking

I'm With Hawkeye, I Wasn't Looking

I’m pretty sure most of the players in the penalty box knew it was over the line, but Hawkeye has never had a problem before, so with no instruction I would imagine plenty of players (even Nyland himself) began doubting whether it had gone over the line.

With the melee in the box, I’d imagine VAR didn’t review any potential fouls simply on the basis that the goal wasn’t given in the first place but that didn’t stop the meltdown from some predictable quarters of the country and talk of sporting integrity and fairness.

But it’s nothing to do with unsportsmanlike conduct, it’s a clear technology failure on top of those we’ve already seen this year.

With all the nonsense we’ve seen from technology so far in the 2019/20 campaign, who’d have thought Hawkeye would come to VAR’s rescue.

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