The draw for the last 16 of the UEFA Champions League which took place on Monday has been declared void.
This was announced in a statement by UEFA stating that the reason for the cancelation to be ‘a technical problem with software’.
It should be recalled that The News Beam had earlier reported that the initial draw revealed that the competition is to witness Benfica vs Real Madrid, Villarreal vs Man City, Atletico vs Bayern, Salzburg vs Liverpool, Inter vs Ajax, Sporting vs Juventus, Chelsea vs Lille, and PSG vs Man Utd.
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In a statement, the football body said, “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”.
As a result of this, the draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone at 1500 CET”, UEFA added.
The initial draw was confusing as Manchester United was drawn to face Villarreal, a team they have already met twice in Group F.
Consequently, Manchester United was not included in the pot of possible opponents for Atletico Madrid, and Atletico was drawn against Bayern Munich, while United was drawn against Paris Saint-Germain.
However, while the red devils will be relieved by the news since facing Lionel Messi, Kylian Mbappe, or Neymar might be avoided, Chelsea on the other hand will be disappointed, as they had initially gotten the easiest opponent, Lille.