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Manchester United have received an apology after Juan Mata’s goal against Huddersfield was disallowed by Video Assistant Referee (VAR)

The Spaniard appeared to give the Red Devils a 2-0 lead at the stroke of halftime in the FA Cup tie, but referee Kevin Friend who has earlier  given the goal, disallowed with the help of the video technology after a lengthy delay.

The video assistant referees should only be summoned for clear and obvious errors, though Mata’s goal was a close call, which has led to Hawk-Eye releasing an apology for a “technical error,” report the Manchester Evening News.

The lines shown during the latest high-profile Video Assistant Referee controversy were not straight, which created much outrage on social media.

The company however, claims that the match officials were given straight lines to make their decisions with – and blame TV broadcasters for relaying an incorrect image to viewers.

Hawk-Eye is responsible for providing the technology used within VAR, and explained via a statement: “A technical issue led to an incorrect graphic being provided by Hawk-Eye to BT Sport last night.

“To confirm, the VAR saw the correct image with the correct lines to make the decision. This was a case of the wrong image being provided to the broadcaster and we apologise.”

Despite the confusion, the decision was shown to be correct when BT applied their own lines to the image.

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