EFL ‘incredibly frustrated’ by goal-line technology failure in Huddersfield game

The English Football League is “incredibly frustrated” by the failure of goal-line technology during Sunday’s Sky Bet Championship game between Huddersfield and Blackpool.

The Terriers were denied equalization when Yuta Nakayama’s attempt crossed the line, but GLT failed to spot it, nor did officials on the field notice it.

A string of controversial incidents in the Premier League followed on Saturday, with goals for West Ham and Newcastle ruled out following VAR intervention.

The EFL issued a statement on Monday morning which read: “The EFL is incredibly frustrated that a technology glitch at Huddersfield Town and Blackpool has overshadowed a fantastic weekend of action on the pitch.

“We have now received an initial assessment from Hawk-Eye, the provider of the goal-line technology service in the Championship, that match officials did not receive a signal on their watches or headphones during a second-half incident involving a Huddersfield attack, the ball became untracked after entering the Blackpool goal area due to a number of factors.”

The statement continued: “Separately, PGMOL has confirmed that due to player obstruction, officials were not seen and therefore could not award a goal.

“While the system was tested and operational prior to game launch, further information from both Hawk-Eye and PGMOL is awaited following a full review of the incident.

“Technology is there to support match officials’ decision-making processes in the Championship and it is very worrying that it failed so badly on Sunday.

“For the avoidance of doubt, the referee’s decision is final and the result of the match stands.”

Goal-line technology has been widely regarded as a huge success since its introduction early in the last decade, although there was also a system failure in the first Premier League game played following the Covid-19 forced suspension of Premier League competition in the 2019 season- 20

Sheffield United players appeal for a goal against Aston Villa but GLT fails to realize the ball has crossed the line

Sheffield United players appeal for a goal against Aston Villa but GLT failed to realize the ball crossed the line (Carl Recine/NMC Pool/PA)

Technology failed to detect Aston Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland catching the ball and taking it over the line in the game against Sheffield United on June 17, 2020.

Hawk-Eye said at the time that the level of disability that caused the technology to fail had not been seen in more than 9,000 games where the system had been in operation.

Meanwhile, the Premier League and Professional Game Match Officials Limited (PGMOL) are reviewing the weekend’s controversial VAR incidents in the top flight.

The Professional Game Match Officials’ Board took the rare step of acknowledging the specific controversies surrounding West Ham and Newcastle in a statement on Sunday, accepting the Premier League’s request for an additional inquiry.

VAR decisions in all affected games are already being reviewed by a five-person independent panel made up of representatives from the Premier League and PGMOL, plus three ex-players, and the results are being communicated to the clubs concerned.

Referee Andrew Madley consults the pitchside monitor before refusing Cornet's equaliser

Referee Andrew Madley consults the pitchside monitor before refusing Cornet’s equalization (Steven Paston/PA)

West Ham were denied a late Maxwel Cornet equalizer against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge after VAR, Jarred Gillett, advised referee Andrew Madley to take another look at what was ultimately seen as a foul by Hammers striker Jarrod Bowen on the Blues -Goalkeeper Edouard Mendy was classified.

Newcastle had disallowed a Tyrick Mitchell own goal during their 0-0 draw with Crystal Palace after VAR Lee Mason advised referee Michael Salisbury to review a collision between the Magpies’ Joe Willock and Eagles goalkeeper Vicente Guaita.

Replays appeared to indicate the collision had been caused by Mitchell, who shoved Willock forward as he leapt after a header.

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