Hawk-Eye apologises as goalline technology fail denies Sheffield United goal in first Premier League game post lockdown

This was a Premier League match with social distancing, temperature checks and no fans but there was a sense of familiarity at Villa Park with yet another controversial technology failure.

We are living in odd times and after the final whistle there was an “unreserved apology” from Hawk-Eye, the goal-line technology system, to Sheffield United after a ghost goal which could prove crucial in the club’s pursuit of European football.

Oliver Norwood’s free kick was clearly over the line, fumbled by Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland three minutes before half-time, and these two missed points may be a costly blow when this truncated season is finally finished.

It lifts United into sixth place, a point behind Manchester United who they face at Old Trafford next week, but this technical error was inexcusable and does not deserve to be viewed as a defining moment in this memorable campaign. 

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