Bournemouth are exploring the possibility of taking legal action against goal-line technology providers Hawk-Eye, after their 5-year stay in the Premier League came to an end on Sunday.
Despite a 1-3 win away at Everton, the three points at Goodison Park was too little, too late for Eddie Howe’s side as they were condemned to a place in the Championship next season.
The Cherries join Norwich City and Watford in returning to the second tier, with last season’s playoff winners Aston Villa securing top flight survival by just a single point.
And it is that single point which is the topic of contention, with Aston Villa the benefactors of a rare error in Hawk-Eye’s goal-line technology during the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on June 17.
Villa’s trip to the Blades was the first game of Project Restart, following the 3-month break in the campaign due to the coronavirus pandemic.
With Aston Villa a goal to the good, goalkeeper Orjan Nyland appeared to carry the ball over his own goal-line, gifting Sheffield United an equaliser.
However, the officials were unmoved, goal-line technology didn’t spot the error and VAR refused to intervene.
Hawk-Eye, the providers of the technology, later admitted to a malfunction in the system and apologised for their mistake.
The mishap, which hasn’t happened in over 9000 top-flight football matches in which goal-line technology has been used, gifted Villa a precious point – a point which Bournemouth will argue kept Villa in the Premier League at their expense.
The powers that be at the Cherries are reportedly meeting this week to discuss the possibilities of exploring legal action against Hawk-Eye for their failure in technology, with Bournemouth’s relegation meaning the club will miss out on tens of millions of pounds of Premier League revenue.
However, with such mistakes being such a rarity – once in more than 9000 games – it remains to be seen whether the Cherries do pursue such a claim.