The draw for the Champions League was repeated this Monday at 3:00 p.m. after generating a notable controversy due to the incorrect extraction of the balls carried out by UEFA in the initial draw, three hours before.
The agency claimed a “technical problem with software from a third-party vendor“as a reason for repetition.
As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be completely redone at 1500 CET.
– UEFA (@UEFA) December 13, 2021
The head of UEFA, Giorgio Marchetti, and the former Russian player Andrei Arshavin They were in charge of getting the balls out.
Villarreal was initially paired with Manchester United, who could not touch him due to having coincided in the group stage, due to the erroneous introduction of the balls by UEFA. After a new draw, Manchester City was their turn, but the irregularity was already evident.
– Mark Critchley (@mjcritchley) December 13, 2021
For its part, when dodging Atlético de Madrid, the cup ball marked with the Liverpool label (which could not be the rival either) was included by mistake and not that of the ‘Red Devils’.After repetition, the national teams saw their luck modified, when the Villarreal-Juventus, Real Madrid-PSG and Atlético de Madrid-Manchester United duels came out.
Real Madrid sees “flagrant adulteration”
Real Madrid considers a “flagrant adulteration”, and so it has been transferred to UEFA, the complete repetition of the draw after the problems that arose in the extraction of the balls.
The Spanish club alleges that its pairing with the Portuguese Benfica occurred before such errors occurred.
Another of the affected teams, the Manchester United, He came out paired with PSG in what could have been a new duel between Cristiano Ronaldo and Messi.
Eddie is an Australian news reporter with over 9 years in the industry and has published on Forbes and tech crunch.