UEFA Champions League draw to happen again after clubs complain of confusion

The confusion began with Atletico Madrid's draw, wherein Manchester United was not included in the pool of opponents, alongside Liverpool.

The draw ultimately gave Manchester United a draw against Paris Saint. Germain, which is set to be the talking point of this round with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo playing against each other.   -  UEFA/Handout via REUTERS

The UEFA Champions League draw for the round of 16 that took place in Nyon is expected to take place again, after confusion in conducting the draw was spotted during the event on Monday.

"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 tweeted.

The draw was declared void with it scheduled to be done afresh at 7:30 pm IST.

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The confusion began with Atletico Madrid's draw, wherein Manchester United was not included in the pool of opponents, alongside Liverpool. While the latter was exempted for being the same group, the reason to exclude Manchester United remained unclear.

"We are in talks with UEFA to ask for explanations and a solution after the mistakes made in the Champions League round of 16 draw," Atletico tweeted after the draw.

The draw had given Manchester United a draw against Paris Saint. Germain ultimately, which was set to be the talking point of this round with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo playing against each other.

The errors by UEFA in the first draw

  • Manchester United drawn vs Villarreal at first (same group)
  • Manchester United not in Atletico’s pot
  • Real Madrid was in Villarreal’s pot (same nation)
  • Liverpool included in Atletico’s pot (same group).
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