Hawk-Eye apologises to Sheffield United for goal-line technology error

Oliver Mc Burnie and Orjan Nyland

A pair of Aston Villa fans were spotted camped up outside of Villa Park to watch their side's Premier League return against Sheffield United on Wednesday night - propping up an iPad on a drinks cooler to be able to watch the match live on Sky Sports.

Villa were in action that night, with Dean Smith's men losing 4-0 to Leicester, and their welcoming of Sheffield United to Villa Park is their first competitive fixture since then.

The off-balanced Villa goalkeeper Nyland caught a curling free-kick but was bundled back over the line by teammate Keinan Davis.

"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", a statement said.

"Officials need to stop acting like robots and take ownership because a human being has to make the final decision, although I attach no blame to referee Michael Oliver in this instance", he told the Daily Mail.

"We've got Chris Kavanagh (fourth official), one of the best referees in the Premier League and Michael Oliver possibly one of the best referees in Europe and if you ask them they'll be scratching their heads over how this situation occurred". For someone to tell me with seven cameras and this is the first time it's happened in over 9,000 games it's a hard one to take.

"We believe it should have been referred (to VAR)". "However due to the fact that the on-field match officials did not receive a signal, and the unique nature of that, the VAR did not intervene", the PGMO, body responsible for match officials in English professional football, said in a separate explanation.

Villa failed to escape the bottom three and now do not have a game in hand on their relegation rivals.

"I think there is always going to be an element of error".

He said: We're the ones who go away disappointed even with that controversy.

"Seven cameras haven't picked it up - the most technical league in the world - everything we see at every angle and it hasn't seen a goal".

With the support of the Premier League, the players also wore jerseys that had the words "Black Lives Matter" instead of their last names.