Controversy reins in PL return as Hawkeye notifies Michael Oliver of Sheffield United opener during half-time interval

It certainly hasn’t taken long for the post-COVID-19 Premier League campaign to stir up its first controversy, after Sheffield United were incredibly denied a deserved opener during their meeting with Aston Villa.

PL back underway

Following a 3-month hiatus, the English top-flight finally returned to our screens a short time ago.

After domestic football’s successful resumption in both Germany and Spain, the Premier League followed suit this evening, with a pair of fixtures.

Before Manchester City welcome Arsenal to the Etihad later tonight, Aston Villa and Sheffield United went head-to-head at Villa Park.

The matchup came as a crucial one for both sides, albeit for very different reasons.

Hosts Villa are currently in the midst of a hard-fought battle to maintain their top-flight status, whilst surprise package Sheffield United remain in the thick of the race for a European berth.

Blades denied

When all was said and done in Birmingham, though, both sides were eventually forced to settle for a point.

A predictably hard-fought affair, in the end, saw neither the Villans or Blades manage to produce the moment of brilliance required to bag a winner.

While the clash ended goalless, however, it will no doubt be visitors Sheffield United who will be left feeling aggrieved tonight.

This comes after Chris Wilder’s men were bafflingly denied a first-half opener courtesy of a technology mishap.

After a whipped free-kick from the left sailed over the heads of its intended targets, Villa shot-stopper Ørjan Nyland was left with the simple task of gathering the ball in.

However, the Norwegian international went on to fumble his catch, before falling backwards over the goal-line.

This quickly saw Sheffield United’s players wheel away in celebration, following what they assumed was set to be their go-ahead goal.

However, referee Michael Oliver waved play on, having not been notified of the ball crossing the line by the goal-line technology system.

Subsequent replays, though, showcased the fact that the ball had in fact clearly made its way into the goal:

Making the situation even more ridiculous, meanwhile, was word arriving at half-time that, whilst back in the changing rooms, Michael Oliver’s Hawkeye watch buzzed to signify a Sheffield United goal.

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This article was edited by Josh Barker.