The draw will take place later today
AFP – Posted: Dec 13, 2021 | Last Updated: 25 mins ago
Posted: Dec 13, 2021 | Last Updated: 25 mins ago
The draw for the last
16 of the Champions League is to be “entirely redone” after an
embarrassing technical error, European football’s governing body UEFA said on
UEFA blamed a “material error” due to a
“technical problem with the software of an external service provider”
as it announced that the draw for the first knockout round of its flagship
competition would be redone at 1400 GMT.
With the draw being streamed live from UEFA’s headquarters
in Nyon, Switzerland, the problem was made evident when Manchester United’s
name was drawn to face Villarreal, despite the fact the two clubs could not
have played one another having been in the same group.
Manchester City were drawn to play the Spanish side, but the
ball containing United’s name did not then appear to be replaced correctly and
so they were not included as possible opponents for Atletico Madrid in the next
With the whole draw compromised, a red-faced UEFA was left
with little choice but to start again from scratch.
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