In a statement released via the club’s English language Twitter account, Atletico Madrid said that it is in talks with UEFA to get an explanation for how they could possibly mess up the Champions League draw:
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.— Atlético de Madrid (@atletienglish) December 13, 2021
Of course, now we know that a re-draw will happen in a truly stunning turn of events.
It is quite possible that UEFA hired the guy running ESPN’s servers over the weekend on a short order contract to manage the draw.
Anyway, this is a bad look for UEFA — especially in an era where quite a few super clubs have already tried to cede from the union. The draw will be redone shortly and Atletico Madrid can keep its fingers crossed that it no longer has to face the Bavarians.
ℹ️ Die Auslosung wurde von der UEFA für ungültig erklärt und wird um 15.00 Uhr wiederholt. https://t.co/YyhczNiPEe— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) December 13, 2021
The draw has been declared invalid by UEFA and will be repeated at 3 p.m.