Is the Champions League draw rigged?- UCL draw errors leaves fans wondering
Huge Controversy over UEFA’s knockout draw as fans claim “Champions League draw rigged” after United placed in the wrong pot.
Manchester United fans are outraged with Uefa’s knockout draw this morning, claiming they were placed in the wrong pot, forcing Ragnick’s team to meet PSG in the Round of 16. And Alley Sport will examine how Uefa committed such egregious errors that have sparked widespread outrage.
At the official ceremony in Nyon, Switzerland, Villarreal’s name was drawn and then former Arsenal star Andrey Arshavin picked out United’s ball in scenes that were massively confusing for viewers watching.
PSG is one of the clubs in this year’s Uefa Champions League that no other team would want to face in the KnockOut Rounds. Pochettino’s team is one of the greatest in Europe right now, thanks to Messi, Mbappe, and Neymar up front. Even though United has a strong roster with Ronaldo, Cavani, and Bruno Fernandes, defeating a PSG side dubbed “The Galacticos” by some will be a difficult task for Ralf Ragnick’s side.
Another blunder that confused fans was that when Villareal’s draw took place, the teams in the other bowl included Manchester United and Real Madrid, which is against the rules of the Round of 16 draw, which clearly states that teams from the same group and same nation should not be paired in the tournament’s Round of 16, which unfortunately happened this time.
Similarly, Liverpool was placed in the other pot during Atletico Madrid’s draw, which was not conceivable because they played in the same group in this season’s competition, where Liverpool finished second and Atletico ended second thanks to their skippers Antoine Griezmann, Correa and De Paul on the last matchday of the group stage.
Villarreal were then partnered with United’s arch-rivals Manchester City, before the Red Devils were paired with Paris Saint-Germain for a Cristiano Ronaldo-Lionel Messi on-pitch reunion.
Furthermore, in the absence of any permutations, it appears that United were not put in the bowl to draw Atletico Madrid.
The events sparked a flurry of emotions on social media, with some advocating for a redraw. The redraw has now ensured that Man United have gotten Atletico Madrid while PSG will be playing against Real Madrid.
At 15:00 CET, UEFA has made it public that the draw would be redone as a form of justice for the teams.
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