Making a point: Bournemouth consider suing over Hawk-Eye blunder that kept Villa up

July 29 – Relegated Bournemouth are considering legal action  over a massive goalline technology blunder in June that should have awarded a key goal against Aston Villa who survived in the Premier League at their expense.

Bournemouth’s five-year stint in the top flight ended on Sunday when Villa finished one point ahead of them.

Bournemouth’s board is reportedly now deciding  whether to pursue a legal challenge against Hawk-Eye who apologised after Sheffield United were denied a goal in their match against Villa after the ball had clearly crossed the line.

VAR was somehow not called into action and the match finished 0-0. At the time Hawk-Eye said in a statement: “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.

“Hawk-Eye unreservedly apologises to the Premier League, Sheffield United, and everyone affected by this incident.”

Despite huge sympathy for Bournemouth, it seems highly unlikely that any legal challenge would be upheld.  The International Football Association Board (Ifab) rules state that “In principle, a match is not invalidated because of: malfunction(s) of the VAR technology (as for goal line technology (GLT)).”

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