By Mark Smith

19th Jun, 2020 | 3:00pm

Emile Heskey delivers verdict on Dean Smith decision after comparison with Leeds 18/19 goal

Emile Heskey has defended Aston Villa manager Dean Smith for his decision not to hand Sheffield United a goal after comparisons with Leeds United last season.

Smith claimed that Marcelo Bielsa handing his side a goal last season was a matter of sporting integrity, whereas this was to do with technology.

Goal-line technology failed on this occasion for Sheffield United, with the hawk-eye system publicly apologising to the Blades.

Heskey appeared on Sky Sports on the Football Show (19/06 11:20 am) and agreed that the two decisions had no comparisons.

“I don’t think an uncontested goal should have been given,” the pundit said.

“It was an error from the VAR, I’m not sure why they couldn’t actually bring it back but it was an error from the VAR, I could see that.

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“You’ve got to accept it. It’s not the same as the one that was at Elland Road, totally different.”

A majority of fan bases across the country have attacked Villa and Smith, not just Leeds fans. They have claimed that his comments and decisions are filled with hypocrisy, and they have a point.

It was clear that Orjan Nyland took the ball over the line, and it was even clearer that the Villa stopper recognised that through his facial expressions.

We don’t think this would have been as big of an issue if the Villa squad and Smith, in particular, made such a big issue of Mateusz Klich’s goal last season, but they did.

Different or not, this decision certainly comes down to morals, and whether it is about integrity or not, Smith certainly showed he had little.

In other Leeds United news, David Prutton has predicted the outcome of the upcoming clash against Cardiff on Sunday