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Dean Smith suggests goal-line technology failure was parting gift from father

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith believes a “one-in-a-million” technology failure could have been a final gift from his father.

Villa host Sheffield United in their opening Premier League game of the season on Monday.

They drew 0-0 with the Blades in the first game of the restart in June – claiming a controversial point.

Orjan Nyland carried Oliver Norwood’s free-kick into his own net but goal-line technology failed to spot it had gone in, meaning referee Michael Oliver did not receive the usual signal on his watch.

It helped Villa survive last term and, after his father Ron passed away

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Chris Wilder sympathises with referee Michael Oliver over technology failure

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder admits he has sympathy for referee Michael Oliver after a goal-line technology farce denied them victory at Aston Villa.

Orjan Nyland carried Oliver Norwood’s first-half free-kick across the line but referee Oliver’s watch failed to register the goal in Wednesday’s 0-0 draw.

It ensured the Premier League returned for the first time in three months mired in controversy after the coronavirus pandemic halted sport in March.

Hawk-Eye, the company which runs the technology apologised for the error and explained the post and defenders on the line obscured the cameras, and Wilder felt sorry for Oliver

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