Hawkeye apologises for faulty VAR graphic during Manchester United's FA Cup game

Erica Murray
February 21, 2018

"If they have the VAR to help them make the right decisions, I think the referees will be happy with that", said Mourinho.

But the long delay for the decision to be confirmed, in addition to the weird irregular lines on the graphic shown by broadcasters, led to criticism of the VAR technology, which is being trialled in the FA Cup.

The Spaniard latched onto Ashley Young's inside pass and rounded keeper Jonas Lössl to put the visitors 2-0 up on the stroke of half time, only for referee Kevin Friend to refer the decision to Neil Swarbrick, who after some considerable time declared the goal to be offside.

The events around Juan Mata's disallowed goal exposed flaws in the system and I believe that the referee's original decision to allow the goal should have stood.

Romelu Lukaku's two goals either side of half-time ensured United progress to the quarter-finals where they will play Brighton at Old Trafford. "This was a case of the wrong image being provided to the broadcaster and we apologise", Hawk-Eye said in a statement.

Hawkeye insisted that a correct image, with a straight line, was used to make the decision.

However, after a lengthy delay, referee Kevin Friend disallowed the goal for offside on the recommendation of the video official, located in a studio in London almost 200 miles away.

"I think Romelu has done an incredible job to go to Manchester United and perform in the manner he did in the early months". I was far from happy over them and made Gareth (McAuley) captain today.

"I think in the future the VAR will be helpful for the referees, who always have a hard job, and eventually it will bring more justice to football", Mata wrote in his online blog.

United signed Lukaku for £75million from Everton in the summer, and he scored his 20th and 21st goals of the season in the victory over Huddersfield. I think it will be better for football, they just have to do it a little bit quicker because we waited so long for the decision.

The goal was originally allowed by the referee and it took a considerable amount of time for the decision to be reversed.

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