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Sheffield United to consider legal action if they miss out on Europe

por Mose Towns (2020-06-23)


Chris Wilder says Sheffield United would consider legal action if they miss out on European football because of Hawk-Eye's error during their draw at Aston Villa.

The goal-line technology failed to alert referee Michael Oliver when Villa goalkeeper Oerjan Nyland carried the ball into his own net during the first half of Wednesday's stalemate.

Blades midfielder Ollie Norwood has since asked who would be held accountable if the team finished two points outside the European places and the players missed out on their bonus payments.

Chris Wilder said Sheffield United will consider taking legal action if they miss out on Europe

The Blades should have been awarded a goal after Oliver Norwood's strike crossed the line

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They are currently sixth and just one point behind fifth-placed Manchester United.

It could be that fifth is enough to secure Champions League qualification should Manchester City fail in their bid to overturn a two-year ban from the competition.

And Wilder has revealed that the club's hierarchy will be assessing their legal options.

‘There will obviously be a discussion above me about the situation,' he said when asked if legal action had been talked of inside the club. 

Finishing fifth could be enough for the Champions League if Man City fail to overturn their ban

‘That's only right and I think everybody would expect that.

I suppose we will only know at the close of play when the final whistle goes at Southampton (on the last day of the season).'

Hawk-Eye said it was the first time in 9,000 matches their technology had failed, and Wilder added: ‘From my point of view, there has to be a safety net if we are the victims of a one-in-9000 opportunity.'

Hawk-Eye's statement claimed the reason for the error was that their cameras were obscured by the goalkeeper, a defender and the goalpost. 

 Wilder said the VAR officials should have shown more courage in over-ruling Hawk-Eye

However, refereeing sources have since told us that officials are ‘confused' by the reasoning, and Wilder agrees.

‘It (the statement) was very strange,' he said.

‘I have to respect what they say, but I don't agree with it. They could have said what they wanted afterwards and it wouldn't change my view, it was unacceptable what happened.'

And Wilder insists the VAR officials should have shown more courage in over-ruling Hawk-Eye's malfunction.

‘It's not a subjective VAR decision,' he said ahead of tomorrow's trip to Newcastle.
‘The pictures are conclusive and the goal should have stood.

‘Technology has let us down but it should have been backed up by a bit of courage, and I didn't see much of that on the night from Stockley Park.' 

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