Michael Oliver's watch tested after Aston Villa controversy

Michael Oliver

Aston Villa and Sheffield United were locked at the centre of huge controversy during their match on Wednesday evening.

A delivery into the box from a Blades free-kick clearly looked to have crossed the line after Orjan Nyland fell backwards and carried the ball over the goal-line.

The ball appeared to hit the side netting in doing so but the technology failed to do its job and a goal wasn't given.

Though, more controversy was sparked at half-time when Jamie Redknapp revealed on Sky Sports' production of the game that Michael Oliver's watch flashed up with 'Goal' on it during the half-time interval.

"We have been told Michael Oliver's watch displayed "Goal" at half-time," he said.

However, it was confirmed by Daily Mail journalist Mike Keegan as to why.

Taking to Twitter he commented: "So the Premier League have been in touch with me to provide some clarification. They say Michael Oliver's watch did buzz at half-time but that was because they tested it - not a delayed reaction. Discussions are ongoing to find out what happened with regards to the goal.

GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...

Well, it didn't take long for a massive moment to occur after the resumption of the Premier League.

There has been huge debates surrounding VAR this season but this time, it was goal-line technology wreaking havoc with the game.

The ball into the box was evidently over the line and Sky Sports' replays confirmed that.

The broadcaster claimed they contacted hawk-eye for a statement but as of half-time they had failed to hear back as to why their system didn't work.

To make things even more peculiar, VAR failed to get involved.

Because Nyland threw the ball out it was still the same passage of play so those involved with the videotapes could have brought things back and awarded the goal.

As it happened, nothing was given, sparking huge frustrations from those in the white of Sheffield United.

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