Was the UEFA Champions League draw fixed?
UEFA Champions League semi-finalists AS Roma made the gaffe on their official website by advertising tickets for the semi-final clash against Liverpool. While the Italians have indeed been drawn against Jurgen Klopp's men, the confirmation on Roma's website came hours before the official draw in Nyon. This raises the serious question- was the Champions League draw fixed?
Roma vs Liverpool tickets go on sale even before draw
Is UEFA fixing these matches?
How did Roma know they face Liverpool on May 2?
The first leg of the semi-finals will be played on April 24 and 25 whereas second legs to be played on May 1 and 2. UEFA finalized the dates after the UCL draw. So how did Roma get to know they will play Liverpool in the semi-final? How did they know that they will host the second leg of the tie?
The heated ball conspiracy
The Champions League has been repeatedly accused of fixing draws to favour certain matches and teams. Certain fans believe that the balls which are used for draws are heated to identify the right one before they are picked. In 2016, Roberto Carlos was seen picking up a ball, holding it for a few seconds and then grabbing another. However, this theory cannot be proved.