The Premier League returned last night after a three month absence and Sheffield United will be frustrated that they did not come away with three points.
However it was not down to their performance, as they put in a commanding defensive display to draw 0-0 with Aston Villa. They had the ball in the back of the net at one point, but due to an error from goal-line technology Hawkeye, their first in over 9000 matches, the goal was not given.
Oliver Norwood whipped a free-kick into the box, and it should have been an easy catch, but the Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland spilled it and caught the ball behind the line.
Norwood is clearly still frustrated by the poor decision, as he posted an image on Instagram which clearly shows the ball was behind the line. He supported the picture with the caption, ‘Was Good to be back out there @sheffieldunited ! No Goal’ followed by a couple of emojis highlighting his confusion at the decision.
Many Blades fans understandably have flooded to this post to rage about the decision, with many labelling it a “joke” and a “farce.”
It was a huge call to go against them, if they lose out on European qualification by a point or two, many will surely look back on this controversial moment and it would be interesting to see if there would be any consequences.
Nevertheless, the South Yorkshire club did still manage to move up to 6th place following the draw. Chris Wilder will hope that his team get the rub of the green next time out against Newcastle United as they continue to hunt for continental football.
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