Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has revealed that his side could push for legal action should their denial of a clear goal in Wednesday's clash against Aston Villa cost them a European place.
The first game back in the resumption of the Premier League was anything but smooth sailing. The Blades were denied an obvious opener after the goal-line technology equipment failed to recognise that the ball had crossed the line - despite the fact Villa keeper Ørjan Nyland had clearly carried it into his own goal.
Despite the appeals of the away side, referee Michael Oliver received no goal alert on his watch as play continued at 0-0.
With the game finishing a goalless draw, Wilder's men were rightly furious at the decision and the loss of two points in their bid for an unlikely spot in European competition next season.
Someone definitely forgot to turn the goal line technology back on after the break. pic.twitter.com/akPhXgx8aG— 90min (@90min_Football) June 17, 2020
While it is unclear whether this will effect their European prospects come the end of the season, Wilder has claimed he would consider some form of legal action if it were necessary, in quotes via the Mail.
He said: "There will obviously be a discussion above me about the situation.
"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 statement on the goal line incident during Aston Villa v Sheffield match this evening. pic.twitter.com/I2u5lqKMqe— Hawk-Eye Innovations (@Hawkeye_view) June 17, 2020
The 52-year-old was also clearly frustrated by the lack of VAR involvement in the decision, as he explained that: "It’s not a subjective VAR decision, 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.’
Wilder's sixth-placed side will be hoping all goes their way when they face Newcastle United at St James' Park on Sunday.