Even technology fails sometimes! Last Wednesday, the Premier League clash between Aston Villa and Sheffield United, which marked the return of Football in England, was played at Villa Park. Thus, the match was not very busy and ended up in a goalless draw. However, the great highlight of the match was the goal robbed of Sheffield United, as the ball went in, but the amazing goal-line technology mysteriously malfunctioned, making things hard for top-four contenders Sheffield.
I’ve always had the feeling that the goal-line technology could be manipulated, as it has already been in other occasions. Out of the top of my head, I remember another Premier League match between Man City and Liverpool at the Etihad Stadium last season, as Liverpool was denied a goal that supposedly didn’t go in when you can see that it had clearly went in from some angles.
And yeah, it played a major role in last season’s title race, as Liverpool only lost one game in the whole season, which was exactly this one versus Man City, as Pep Guardiola’s side went on to win it again.
Of course that some will say that it was only a “casual” error from technology, but isn’t it strange that it happened with Sheffield United this time? With the club who’s fighting to get to the top-five against Manchester United, which is the team who’s got 15 penalties in their favor this season?
Could that be just “coincidence”?
I’m not implying in any shape or form that technology is always on Manchester clubs’ sides. 15 pens a season is normal. Maybe the “new normal”, right?
Not to mention VAR controversy.
Anyway, with all that said, we’ve seen a technically weak match between Sheffield and Villa, which culminated in a goalless draw that made Sheffield go 44 points and relegation-threatened Villa to go 27.