Bournemouth consider legal action for ghost goal that benefitted Aston Villa

Bournemouth representatives are set to discuss the possibility of launching legal action against Hawk-Eye due to an error it made during a game between Sheffield United and Aston Villa.

The Cherries were relegated on Sunday after five seasons in the Premier League, with their victory over Everton not enough to keep them up due to Villa's draw against West Ham.

With just a point separating the two teams in the table, Villa's survival came down to the barest of margins – and Bournemouth believe a goal-line technology mistake may have ultimately cost them a place in the league.

During an encounter between the Blades and Villa at Villa Park in June, the home side appeared to score a legitimate goal when Villa goalkeeper Orjan Nyland seemed to carry the ball over his own line from a deep cross.

It was not awarded, however, despite replays appearing to clearly show the ball had gone in.

The game ultimately ended 0-0, and afterwards Hawk-Eye released a statement apologising for the blunder, admitting their mistake while saying: "seven cameras located in the stands around the goal area were significantly occluded by the goalkeeper, defender and goalpost."

While there is no way of knowing if Sheffield United would have held on to a win, if they had done Bournemouth would have finished 17th, two points above Villa, and would have been saved from relegation.

The Bournemouth board are due to meet over the next few days, where they will discuss their next steps, but so far no lawyers have been contacted.

It is also believed they will discuss the future of manager Eddie Howe, who remained tight-lipped when interviewed after the Everton game.

"It’s a time for reflection, a time to see what the next step is," he said. "Everything at the club is based around staying in the Premier League, and I’ll speak to the people that I need to speak to.

"It’s a very quick turnaround and we have to make the right decisions now."

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