Following a technical problem, the UEFA Champions League round of 16 draw has been declared void and will be entirely redone at 15:00 CET, official website of UEFA confirms.
The redo takes place later Monday at 2pm after Manchester United and Atletico Madrid sought clarification from the governing body over a number of errors made during the initial draw at 11am on Monday morning.
A statement via the official website reads;
”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 15:00 CET”.
The initial draw saw below last 16 ties :
Benfica (POR) vs Real Madrid (ESP)
Villareal (ESP) vs Manchester City (ENG)
Atletico Madrid (ESP) vs Bayern Munich (GER)
RB Salzburg (AUT) vs Liverpool (ENG)
Inter Milan (ITA) vs Ajax (NED)
Sporting Lisbon (POR) vs Juventus (ITA)
Chelsea (ENG) vs Lille (FRA)
Paris Saint-Germain (FRA) vs Manchester United (ENG)
UEFA have however revealed that a ‘technical problem’ was the cause for the errors in above fixtures , with an ‘external service provider’ instructing the officials as to which teams are eligible to be drawn, meaning the draw will be restaged.