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UEFA announced on Monday that it would hold another draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League at 3 p.m. due to a “clerical error” in the procedure during the first round. At the end of it, PSG had inherited Manchester United while Losc were to face Chelsea.
Everything has to be redone. The draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League carried out on Monday, December 13 at noon, gave rise to a mess and was therefore canceled by UEFA. The governing body of European football. has indicated that it will be repeated at 3 p.m. (Paris time), still in Nyon.
Two hiccups during the draw sowed doubt on the validity of the procedure, causing a long hesitation at the end of which the European body ruled in favor of an annulment of the draw, which had given rise in particular to a shock Paris SG -Manchester United or an Atlético Madrid-Bayern Munich poster.
Following a technical problem with the software of an external service provider that instructs the officials as to which teams are eligible to play each other, a material error occurred in the draw for the UEFA Champions League Round of 16.
— UEFA (@UEFA) December 13, 2021
“Following a technical problem on the software of one of the external service providers which indicates to the officials which teams can compete, a material error occurred during the draw for the round of 16. The draw is therefore considered null and will be completely redone at 3 pm, “said UEFA in a statement sent to AFP.
Double error concerning Manchester United
A first error came to light, when Villarreal fired Manchester United, when the English club were not to be among their potential opponents, since the two teams were in the same group during the group stage.
The images also show that the Manchester United ball was forgotten when forming the bowl of potential opponents Atlético Madrid.
The “Red Devils” finally inherited Paris SG, one of the most difficult draws for them. The Madrilenians, them, of Bayern Munich, another of the scarecrows of the competition. The Spanish club immediately asked UEFA for “explanations”, demanding a “solution” to this imbroglio.
“We have asked UEFA for explanations and we will see what they will tell us,” a spokesperson for the “Colchoneros” told AFP shortly before the decision of the European body to proceed with a new draw.
So it’s time for a new draw, which perhaps opens the door to new disputes, especially from the clubs best served in the first draw, such as Real Madrid, one of the spearheads of the “Super League” “European, which had inherited from Benfica Lisbon.
What will be the new draw for Messi’s PSG, who were initially due to face the Manchester United of their great rival Cristiano Ronaldo? And which ball will finally pull Chelsea, defending champion, who should have challenged Lille, the champion of France?