Most Liverpool fans couldn’t have been happier when paired against Roma in Friday’s Champions League semi-final draw, yet the draw has been marred with controversy after supporters saw tickets advertised for the game before the draw had taken place.
— Anfield Express (@AnfieldExpress) April 12, 2018
The Italian side had put up tickets for the Liverpool-Roma game on the 2nd May on their official website on Thursday evening and although it was removed quickly, many fans were able to take photos of the page and questioned the legitimacy of the draw on social media, with many quickly claiming a fix.
UEFA responded to the claims yesterday and were swift to deny the assertions, with a UEFA spokesperson telling Omnisport that:
“The Italian club contacted UEFA to say they had a technical problem on their ticketing portal partner when they were making ticketing tests.”
Fans have been reluctant to believe the statement, especially considering it isn’t the first time controversy has surrounded European draws, with former FIFA president Sepp Blatter previously saying that the use of hot and cold balls had been used in the past to fix games, another claim that UEFA branded as “completely absurd”.
Here’s hoping that any further controversy doesn’t ruin what should be a fantastic European cup tie.