The president of Uefa, Aleksander Ceferin, publicly apologized for the “technological errors” that occurred last Monday, December 13, in the draw for the knockout stages of the Champions League.
He explained that it was decided to repeat the same to “be transparent, not hide anything, and show that it respects the rules.”
He added: “We regret that errors have occurred and we apologize, but they were not human but technological errors.”
In addition, he indicated: “When we had the information that there was a bug in the software, we had a meeting by phone with the auditors who were present and with the external software provider. Neither could be sure when the error occurred and both proposed to redo the draw ”.
Ceferin pointed out in the press conference after the Executive Committee that this situation was addressed at the meeting this Thursday, December 16, and that he argued that the error had to be corrected.
“Our decision was to be transparent, not hide anything and show that we respect the regulations,” he said.
Round of 16 draw ✔️
— UEFA Champions League (@ChampionsLeague) December 13, 2021
“It is too early to talk about concrete consequences, but in the future we must learn from this situation. Objectively, it is the fault of Uefa, but we are very dependent on technology ”, he assured.
He pointed out that “it is very difficult to do without technology in a normal period of time, we should be less dependent.”