This article refers to an earlier version of the Europa League draw. Go to the latest Europa League draw article.
The UEFA Cup last 32 and last 16 draws were announced today:
Last 32 draw (first leg 18-19 Feb/ second leg 26 Feb):
Paris Saint-Germain v WolfsburgFC Copenhagen v MANCHESTER CITYNEC Nijmegen v HamburgSampdoria v Metalist KharkivBraga v Standard LiegeASTON VILLA v CSKA MoscowLech Poznan v UdineseOlympiakos v Saint-EtienneFiorentina v AjaxAalborg v Deportivo La CorunaWerder Bremen v AC MilanBordeaux v GalatasarayDynamo Kiev v ValenciaZenit St. Petersburg v StuttgartMarseille v FC TwenteShakhtar Donetsk v TOTTENHAM
Last 16 draw (first leg 12 Mar/ second leg 18-19 Mar):
Werder Bremen or AC Milan v Olympiakos or Saint-EtienneASTON VILLA or CSKA Moscow v Shakhtar Donetsk or TOTTENHAMLech Poznan or Udinese v Zenit St Petersburg or StuttgartParis Saint-Germain or Wolfsburg v Braga or Standard LiegeDynamo Kiev or Valencia v Sampdoria or Metalist KharkivCopenhagen or MANCHESTER CITY v Aalborg or DeportivoMarseille or FC Twente v Fiorentina or AjaxNEC Nijmegen or Hamburg v Bordeaux or Galatasaray
The pick of these draws is the Ajax Fiorentina, Bremen Milan and Zenit Suttgart games, although if Villand Spurs get through to teh next round theyll have a fun time playing against each other (and its not unlikely either).
Owen Coyle felt his Bolton side let victory slip through their fingers after an entertaining 2-2 draw with Nottingham Forest at the Reebok Stadium.
Lewis McGugan's thunderbolt gave Forest a 15th-minute lead before Chris Eagles levelled and Marvin Sordell put the hosts ahead, but Andy Reid found a sumptuous finish of his own following good work from Dexter Blackstock and Simon Cox to put Forest on terms once more before the hour.
Having acknowledged the excellence of McGugan's strike, Coyle stated Forest's equaliser was avoidable and bemoaned his players' profligacy after half-time. He said: "Truth be told we really should have put the game to bed at 2-1. The chances we had to finish the game off were real goalscoring opportunities, not half-chances."
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Mario Balotelli’s agent has blasted UEFA president Michel Platini for his ‘disappointing’ stance on racism at Euro 2012 after the Italian was reportedly subjected to racist abuse from fans.
A minority of Spanish supporters were allegedly heard making racist chants towards Balotelli during Italy’s 1-1 draw with Spain on Sunday, although Balotelli himself has yet to speak out about the issue and the Italian FA have confirmed he did not complain of hearing the chants after the game.
The Manchester City striker previously insisted he would walk off the pitch if he heard any racist abuse aimed at him, while Platini stated last week that any player leaving the field of their own accord because of abuse would receive a yellow card.
Now Balotelli’s agent, Mino Raiola, has hit out at the Frenchman because of his stance, saying both he and Uefa should be doing more to support players who are the victims of racial abuse on the pitch.
‘I have to say that the reaction of UEFA to what Mario said was very strange and I would have expected a different reaction.
‘Mario has had this problem before and in Italy we have a saying: Racism is ignorance.
‘Mario is the kind of lad where this kind of abuse glides off his back but I was very disappointed with what Michel Platini said and a lot of people are with me on that. I can’t say I’m surprised by the reaction, though.
‘I don’t believe Platini has done anything to improve the game or help the position of players — as his reaction to Mario shows,’ he added.
Uefa's attitude to racism has been heavily criticised this season after they imposed a greater fine on Manchester City for arriving on the pitch one minute late for their Europa League tie against Sporting Lisbon than they did on Porto after their fans made racist chants during their tie against City in the same competition.
European football’s governing body has announced they will investigate the chants aimed towards Balotelli however, as well as launching an enquiry into Russia’s encounter with the Czech Republic on Friday, where racist chants were also heard.
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