English football League “Incredibly frustrated” by the failure of goal-line technology during Sunday’s championship game between Huddersfield and Blackpool.
The Terriers were denied a tie when Yuta Nakayama’s effort crossed the line but technology failed to detect it and field officials, operated by Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL), did not either. This followed a series of controversial incidents on Saturday Premier League West Ham and Newcastle goals were disqualified after the VAR interventions.
The English as a Foreign Language Association released a statement Monday morning that said: “English as a foreign language is incredibly frustrating due to the failure of technology to Huddersfield Town and Blackpool overshadowed a fantastic weekend of action on the pitch.
“We have now received an initial assessment from Hawk-Eye, Goal Line Technology providers in the tournament, that during the second-half incident with the Huddersfield attack, match officials did not receive a signal to their watch or earpiece. Due to multiple factors, the ball is no longer tracked after its entry to me Blackpool target area.
The statement continued, “Separately, PGMOL confirmed that officials were blind due to obstruction by players and therefore unable to award a goal. While testing and operating the system prior to the start of the game, further information is expected from both Hawk-Eye and PGMOL after A full review of the accident.
“The technology is in place to support the decision-making processes of match officials in the tournament and failing to do so on Sunday is a major concern. For clarity, the referee’s decision is final and the outcome of the match is in place.”
Goalline technology is generally a hit since its introduction in the early part of the last decade, although there was a system failure in the first Premier League game played after Covid-19 forced the suspension of competition in the 2019-20 season.
Technology failed to spot Aston Villa goalkeeper Organ Neyland grabbing the ball and taking it over the goal line in the match against Sheffield United on 17 June 2020. He failed in over 9,000 games as the system was in operation.
Meanwhile, the Premier League and PGMOL are reviewing controversial VAR events this weekend in the Premier League. PGMOL . panel Take the rare step Acknowledging the specific controversies relating to Post Ham and Newcastle in a statement on Sunday, it accepted the Premier League’s request for an additional investigation.
VAR decisions in all matches already affected are reviewed by a five-member independent panel that includes representatives from the Premier League and PGMOL as well as three former players, with their results sent to the clubs involved.
West Ham were denied Maxwell Cornet’s late equalizer against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after Jared Gillett advised referee Andrew Madeley to take another look at what was ultimately judged to be a foul by Jarrod Bowen on Chelsea goalkeeper Edward Mendy.
Newcastle’s own goal by Terek Mitchell was disallowed during their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace after VAR Lee Mason advised referee Michael Salisbury to review the collision between Joe Willock and visiting goalkeeper Vicente Guaita. The replay appears to indicate that the collision was caused by Mitchell pushing Willock forward while bouncing his head.