Roberto Carlos' strange actions during Champions League draw spark fix claims

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After the allegations surrounding FIFA recently, and the now former UEFA president Michel Platini's ban from football administration last year, the trust in the organisations that run the game is at an all time low.

Perhaps, then, that is why the strange actions of Real Madrid and Brazil legend Roberto Carlos during Thursday's UEFA Champions League draw have been so quickly jumped upon by the conspiracy theorists.

For those who didn't see the draw live, Carlos was one of the famous former places helping draw the balls out of pot 4 to form the groups for this year's competition. It was his strange actions when picking out the team to join Arsenal's group that got people talking. Scroll down to see the footage for yourself...


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As you can see, tasked with picking a mini football from the see-through bowl, the former Brazil left-back picked up a ball then, rather strangely, decided to put it back in the pot and pick again.

Cue the conspiracy theorists on social media...

In light of Sepp Blatter's claims earlier this year that draws were potentially fixed by using hot and cold balls, it is no wonder people were quick to pounce on Carlos' strange behaviour.


However, before we all start wearing our tin hats and storing food for the apocalypse, there are two pretty clear reasons why Carlos' actions were more inexperience than underhand.

Firstly, the ball the ex-Madrid star picked out in the end was Ludogorets Razgrad, who will now join Basel, PSG and Arsenal in Group A.

No offence to the Bulgarian champions, but, if UEFA were to enforce a fixed draw somehow, they'd surely focus on the bigger name teams - keeping them apart or creating mouth-watering fixtures - in pots 1 or 2. The whereabouts of Ludogrets Razgrad isn't likely to decide many team's 2016-17 Champions League chances.

Secondly, and more importantly, there appears a very sensible explanation behind Carlos returning one ball to the pot.

As has been highlighted on social media, the Brazilian failed to mix up the balls in pot 4 before making his selection. Having realised this, he returned his pick and shook up all eight teams before making a 'more random' selection.

Problem solved.

Although, you just know, if Ludogrets do somehow end Arsenal's European hopes in the coming weeks, there will be some Gooners ready to embrace the conspiracy regardless of how silly it seems.

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