Champions League: why UEFA got it wrong in the draw

UEFA made several mistakes in the space of a few seconds, during the draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League on Monday. Fouls with serious consequences which pushed UEFA to back down and repeat its draw for the C1.

A false manipulation with serious consequences. This is how we can summarize what happened in Nyon, Switzerland, at UEFA headquarters on Monday during the traditional draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League. Because what was supposed to be a simple routine turned into disaster in the space of a few seconds, gradually taking the form of a scandal causing a lot of talk, especially in Spain and England, the main concerned in this affair. .

Going back to the facts chronologically, Andrei Arshavin, guest of honor of the governing body of European football for this draw, first took out of the bowl with his innocent hand a ball containing the name of Manchester United at the inside when revealing the identity of Villarreal’s opponent, for the second poster of these knockout stages of C1. First problem: the two teams have already faced each other in the group stage, and it was therefore impossible to see them cross swords in the knockout stage.

Several errors in the same print

If the story had ended there, no one would have made it a matter of state, the error being human and the Yellow Sub having inherited Manchester City after the draw was re-made by a smiling Arshavin uncomfortable. But the organizers sank into their “stupidity”. As Atlético de Madrid’s ball was drawn and the Colchoneros waited to know their future opponent, UEFA’s computer software automatically ruled out Manchester United from Atlético’s potential opponents. However, the two stables could indeed meet.

Michael Heselschwerdt, present on stage and responsible for distributing the balls drawn by the former Arsenal player, instinctively followed the machine. He did not therefore seize the ball of MU, but that of Liverpool, and this while the Reds were already present in group B in the company of … Atlético in particular. Antoine Griezmann’s partners then fell on Bayern Munich, while it was PSG who inherited Manchester United from Cristiano Ronaldo. The Colchoneros and Villarreal have logically demanded explanations of text from UEFA, which has no real choice but to redo a new draw for the round of 16 of the C1, scheduled for Monday at 3 p.m.

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 Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 13, 2021

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