Real Madrid 'furious' over UEFA Champions League redraw


Real Madrid are reportedly furious with UEFA after it was confirmed they will play against Paris Saint-Germain instead of Benfica following the Champions League last 16 redraw.

The draw was retaken on Monday afternoon after the initial process was declared void following a "material error" that had occurred.

Scroll through the gallery above to see the new confirmed fixtures after a re-draw was conducted

"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," a statement from UEFA read after the first draw.

Los Blancos have now accused UEFA of lying about the "software" aspect of the error, believing their original fixture against Portuguese outfit Benfica should have remained unchanged.

"It is a lie that it was a software error," a Real source told ESPN.

"It is human error, beginning with the second pairing. Our pairing [Real Madrid vs Benfica] was legal."

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Real's director of institutional relations, Emilio Butragueno, has also criticised the European football governing body for the fiasco.

"It's surprising, regrettable, and very hard to understand when you take into account the millions of fans who were following the draw," he told Real Madrid TV.

"Having said that, we go into this tie with a lot of excitement. We're aware of what this competition means for the club and the fans.

"We're also aware of the difficulties, with the quality of players [PSG] have.

"We believe the team will play two great games. They'll be fantastic for football."

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