Aston Villa can consider themselves lucky after a technology error denied Sheffield United a 1-0 win at Villa Park in yesterday’s Premier League restart.
Oliver Norwood’s free-kick was bundled over the goal-line by Orjan Nyland after colliding with team-mate Keinan Davis.
However, a 9000-1 incident meant that HawkEye’s goal-line technology failed and Michael Oliver did not award the goal.
But no doubt Aston Villa knew it was a goal, especially Nyland, judging by the Norwegian’s face.
So some Leeds United fans were left wondering why they did not go on to let Sheffield United score in the name of fairplay.
Indeed, even the Leeds United Twitter account pointed that out.
— Leeds United (@LUFC) June 17, 2020
It comes after Leeds allowed Aston Villa to score a goal in a Championship game last season. It came after Mateusz Klich scored for Leeds despite Aston Villa stopping play due to an injury to striker Jonathan Kodjia.
Klich, ever the bear-poker, also tweeted, sharing a picture of captain Liam Cooper and fitness coach Benoit Delaval picking up FIFA’s Fair Play award last November, given to the Whites and Marcelo Bielsa for their decision to let Villa score that goal.
— Mateusz Klich (@Cli5hy) June 17, 2020
Leeds fans seemed to suggest that Villa should have recognised the error, and let the Blades score a goal that had wrongly been denied.
#avfc Dean Smith tells me in post match -at no stage did he consider ordering his players to allow #sufc to score unopposed, and he’s sure Chris Wilder wouldn’t have done either. Says Villa have had enough VAR decisions go against them this season to have deserved that one. #ssn
— Rob Dorsett (@RobDorsettSky) June 17, 2020
After the game, Dean Smith told Sky Sports that enough VAR decisions had gone against Villa this season to suggest they should have let Sheffield United score. Indeed, Villa were hard done by in games against Watford, Tottenham, and Leicester City this season, so perhaps things are evening out.
But Leeds United fans and Klich, the man who scored that infamous goal last season, could not fail to see the hypocrisy in the situation.