Europa Conference League draw follows Champions League shambles after being hit by technical errors

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ANOTHER UEFA draw was hit by technical errors on Monday after the Champions League farce.

The Europa Conference League draw was put on hold as UEFA’s computers took their time updating.

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The Europa Conference League almost suffered the same fate as the Champions League draw farceCredit: Getty
The draw was briefly interrupted when UEFA's computer suffered a delay

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The draw was briefly interrupted when UEFA’s computer suffered a delay
But luckily the draw went smoothly in the end

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But luckily the draw went smoothly in the endCredit: Reuters

UEFA assistant secretary Giorgio Marchetti apologized for the delay before, after a few minutes, Bodo/Glimt’s name appeared.

Although the delay was embarrassing, UEFA will be relieved that the technical issues did not cause as much damage as in the Champions League draw.

This draw was declared null and void after Manchester United’s number was left out of the pot in the draw to face Atletico Madrid.

The Red Devils were first drawn against Villarreal – which shouldn’t have been possible as they were both in Group F and therefore not eligible to meet in the Round of 16.

A first draw was ordered and United rivals Man City were then selected to play in Unai Emery’s side.

Crucially, United weren’t then put back into the mix to face Atletico – with another group stage foul adding to UEFA’s woes.

However, the draw has now gone smoothly and the re-matches will take place in February and March.

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After the technical incident in the Europa Conference League draw, things went well with Norwegian side Bodo/Glimt finally drawn against Celtic.

Leicester City will be delighted to face Danish side Randers at home.

Tottenham or Vitesse will face Rapid Vienna in the next stage of the competition.

Spurs have yet to qualify for the knockout stages as their European clash against group leaders Rennes has been postponed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the north London club.

Spurs are in danger of being handed a 3-0 defeat for not respecting the game, which would eliminate them from the competition.

But SunSport understands that UEFA’s Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body could decide to change the rules to allow the match to be played after the December 31 deadline.

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