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Real Madrid consider Champions League draw redo a 'scandal'

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Real Madrid are furious at the results of the Champions League redraw
Real Madrid are furious at the results of the Champions League redraw / VALERY HACHE/GettyImages
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Real Madrid are reportedly unhappy with the results of the Champions League redraw that saw them get matched against Paris Saint-Germain and have labelled the controversial redraw a 'scandal'.

The draw for the knockout stages took place in Nyon on Monday with Los Blancos drawing Benfica initially, however, due to a "technical problem", the draw was declared null and void, and was redone later that afternoon.

An official statement from UEFA read: "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."

However, the decision to redo the draw did not go down well with Madrid, who aren't pleased with UEFA as they believe that their draw against Benfica was legal and without any errors.

According to Goal, club officials believe their tie should have been unaffected, and club president Florentino Perez opposed the redraw as soon as the suggestion was put forth.

The report goes on to claim that the controversy could further impact relations between Madrid and UEFA, who are already on the outs following the LaLiga club's involvement in the creation of the European Super League.

Club director Emilio Butragueno told Real Madrid TV: "[The decision was] surprising, regrettable and very hard to understand, when you take into account the millions of fans who were following the draw.

"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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