Hawk-Eye sorry for 'wrong image' of disallowed FA Cup goal
Hawk-Eye, the video technology company, has apologised to BT Sport, the UK pay-television operator, for providing the wrong graphic of a disallowed goal during the FA Cup tie between Huddersfield Town and Manchester United on Saturday.
Juan Mata’s first-half goal (pictured) was ruled out for offside following consultation with the video assistant referee, but there was subsequently confusion for commentators and viewers as the image supplied to BT Sport had wobbly lines, and appeared to show that the United player may have been onside.
The VAR system is being tested in the FA Cup this season.
In a statement, UK-based Hawk-Eye, one of the main providers of the technology, said: “The VAR saw the correct image with the correct lines to make the decision. This was a case of the wrong image being provided to the broadcaster and we apologise.”
Manchester United, who were leading 1-0 at the time of the disallowed goal, went on to win 2-0.
VAR has been on trial in various competitions around the world since 2016, and feedback from soccer pundits and fans has been decidedly mixed.
However, last month, the International Football Association Board, the body responsible for the laws of soccer, recommended that the technology be approved for use in the elite game.
Pending full ratification at the IFAB annual general assembly in March, the VAR system is set to make its World Cup debut in Russia in June and July.