Bournemouth did not rule out a legal challenge over failure to send their relegation rivals Aston Villa the main target.

The Cherries have relegated one point ahead of them to the Championship after Villa finished the 2019-20 season.

On 17 June, at Sheffield United, Villa won a point at home in her first restart game.

Once goalkeeper Orjan Nyland grabbed a free-kick from Villa and jumped back over the line taking the ball with him, the Blades ruled out a goal.

After the match, goal-line technology providers Hawk-Eye released an apology saying all seven cameras focusing on the target area were “obstructed” and that their cameras had been obstructed to such a degree that the system could not identify a goal being scored for the first time in more than 9,000 matches.

Neither on-pitch referee Michael Oliver, nor the VAR manually reversed the scheme of goal decisions.

The PA news agency reports that it is likely that the Bournemouth board will decide whether to take legal action next week. Under the VAR rules developed by the International Football Association Board that control the laws of the game, a match is not invalidated due to a failure of goal-line technology or any wrong decisions involving the VAR.

The Premier League declined to comment while Hawk-Eye has yet to respond to a request for comment.

Deloitte ‘s Annual Football Review 2020 found the Cherries had the highest collective wage-to-turnover ratio in the Premier League based on 2018-19 accounts – 85 percent.

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