Bournemouth Consider Legal Action Against Hawk-Eye Over Sheffield United Error
Bournemouth are considering pursuing compensation from goal line technology company Hawk-Eye over their contribution to the Cherries’ relegation from the Premier League.
There was controversy in the first game back for the league, after the Covid-19 break, when Sheffield United looked to have scored against Aston Villa but somehow the Hawk-Eye technology failed to spot the ball going over the line.
Villa got out of the match with a 0-0 draw and that point ended up separating Villa from relegation and led to Bournemouth going down instead.
According to Sky Sports, the south coast side’s board will discuss this week whether or not to seek compensation from the company.
Goalkeeper Orjan Nyland carried the ball over the line, although as he was right by the post, and with a litany of players from both teams nearby, the cameras didn’t pick it up.
VAR could have actually overturned the ‘decision’ by Hawk-Eye but again the officials at Stockley Park managed to miss what should have been a goal.
After the match Hawk-Eye came out with a statement, saying, “seven cameras located in the stands around the goal area were significantly occluded by the goalkeeper, defender and goalpost.”
On the final day of the season Eddie Howe’s side knew they needed to beat Everton to have a chance of staying in the Premier League, but also needed Watford and Villa to lose.
The Cherries stuck their task with a 3-1 win over the Toffees and Arsenal beat Watford 3-2, despite the Hornets coming from 3-0 down to make things interesting for a short time.
However Villa ruined Bournemouth’s chances of staying up with a point against West Ham. Jack Grealish scored in the 84th minute to put Dean Smith’s side ahead, before Andriy Yarmolenko equalised a minute later.
There is some precedent with teams getting compensation after controversial relegation and it of course was to do with Sheffield United last time as well.
The Blades were relegated from the top tier of goal difference in the 2006/07 season, with West Ham finishing three points above the drop zone.
However Carlos Tevez’s move to east London on a third party deal broke the league rules and the forward’s goal on the final day of the season against Manchester United essentially kept them up.
Eventually an independent arbitration hearing ruled in favour of the south Yorkshire club who received compensation from the Hammers for the cost of their relegation, which was settled out of court.