Today’s meeting between Aston Villa and Sheffield United was the first English top-flight game to be played in the month of June since Sheffield United beat Stoke 2-1, on the 14th June 1947. Aston Villa players were allowed to walk the ball into the net after a controversial Leeds United opener as the sides played out a bizarre 1-1 draw in the Sky Bet Championship. ASTON VILLA avoided relegation thanks to a Hawkeye blunder - but Dean Smith believes the good fortune is justified. Crystal Palace, having an early goal disallowed. Have something to tell us about this article? Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)However, VAR repeatedly checked to see if it hit his arm which would deem it an illegal goal.The world's biggest sports radio station VAR concluded the ball struck Sakho’s arm and Roy Hodgson’s side were denied the lead.Mamadou Sakho thought he’d given the visitors the lead as he got on the end of a corner from the right.Referee Martin Atkinson seemed happy to award the goal but as a matter of course, the goal was checked by VAR.There have been many moments where VAR has come under fire this season but perhaps it reached its lowest moment on Thursday, with the Premier League later admitting that VAR had made theIt looked like Mamadou Sakho had put the visitors ahead but it's chalked off for a handball – what do you think? 'A couple more' - Dean Smith delivers Aston Villa transfer updateSign up NOW for our daily Villa newsletter direct to your inboxDean Smith’s side are in serious danger of an immediate return to the Championship, and found themselves seven points from safety ahead of their clash with Crystal Palace.Mamadou Sakho's goal was ruled out for handballLiverpool verdict on Ki-Jana Hoever transfer - and where he will play at WolvesBirmingham City closing in on Tottenham transferWest Brom transfer news - Albion are targeting pair Krovinovic and Grant, and the clock is against them as the transfer window hurtles on“There might have also been a foul from Ayew on Reina, they looked at that afterwards, but that to me looks like it’s hit him on the shoulder. - loyal Brummies pledge not to snitch on neighbours in rule of six lawWolves linked with stunning move for €40m Barcelona star VAR obviously think differently.”“They’ve moaned about other VAR decisions, but they’ve had a few since the restart, the one against Sheffield United.Positive Covid-19 tests at Smethwick primary school close two year groupsThe Aston Villa defender has been linked with a move away from the club after an indifferent first season in claret and blueShe went to social media to apologise for the incidentLive updates - Birmingham lockdown measures to be reviewed todayCleaner helps save life of man found in street with slash injuriesA regional briefing will take place reviewing the current restrictions in Birmingham, Sandwell and Solihull.Mamadou Sakho was denied after VAR judged the French defender's goal to have come off his armNuno Espirito Santo's men continue their new Premier League campaign against last season's runners-up“It’s open to interpretation, and everyone will have a view on it, but I think it’s really, really harsh.Aston Villa 2-0 Crystal Palace LIVE: Trezeguet doubles Villans leadMore than 8,000 'well' kids off school in Birmingham and Wolverhampton after Covid fearsVilla are keen on adding a few new faces yet - but Smith accepts that room needs to be made in the squad if Villa are to complete any further dealsSeveral visitors have claimed it is near 'impossible' to avoid the crowds at the attraction in Bewdley, WorcestershireAston Villa and Dean Smith dealt major blow ahead of relegation run-inWolves v Manchester City: Live stream and TV details, kick-off, oddsWolverhampton has been added to the local lockdown already in force in Birmingham, Solihull and SandwellAston Villa 'would like to sell' Dean Smith signing - reportsThey looked to have been dealt an early blow at Villa Park when the visitors appeared to have taken the lead through a Mamdou Sakho header, only to see it disallowed for handball.