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They went from Benfica to PSG: UEFA responds to Madrid after their anger over the Champions draw

The controversy of the week in European football was starred by UEFA. The maximum entity of the ‘beautiful sport’ in the ‘Old Continent’ had a serious mistake in the draw for the round of 16 of Champions League, generating that this has to be repeated. Some teams that benefited from the first ball choice disagreed with the decision. The first of them was the Real Madrid.

As revealed by different Spanish media, those led by Florentino Pérez, they sent Aleksander Ceferin, UEFA president, their annoyance over what happened. They had Benfica as their rival and after the new draw it was PSG. They were notoriously affected.

This Thursday, after the waters calm down, Ceferin decided to stand up and respond to all those who believe that there was some kind of “fix” in the Champions League event. “Something went wrong with the software. UEFA contacted its software provider and it was decided that the entire draw had to be repeated because it was not known exactly when the error had occurred. Our decision was to be transparent”, He explained.

It is too early to talk about consequences. We have learned. Obviously it is a UEFA ruling. We were dependent on technology and perhaps we should be less dependent. We are sorry for the mistake. They are failures that occur. They are not human failures, but technological“Added Don Aleksander.

Real Madrid, king of the tournament with thirteen titles, intended that if the draw was repeated, it would be done from their confrontation, since the Benfica balls and theirs had been the first to come out, when the problem had not yet occurred. After knowing the announcement that it was being held again, he considered it a “flagrant adulteration”.

Fortune to the second did not smile on Carlo Ancelotti’s block, who instead of taking on the Lisbon team will have to face the powerful PSG of Leo Messi, Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Sergio Ramos, Keylor Navas and company in two duels with a tremendous morbidity between the king of the competition and the multimillionaire project of the French club.

It will be a more than attractive confrontation, on and off the field, with multiple vertices and curiosities. In recent times it has been held more than once with the luck distributed for both sides. So far, Real Madrid has had a solvent path except for the unexpected stumble against Sheriff Tiraspol and PSG yielded to Manchester City.

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