Confusion surrounded the draw for the first round of the Carabao Cup as Charlton appeared to be playing twice and Football League newcomers Forest Green Rovers were also handed the wrong opponents in an on-screen graphic.
The draw took place in Bangkok as part of the EFL’s sponsorship deal with Thai energy drinks company Carabao.
Charlton were drawn away to Exeter but then also appeared a second time on a fixtures graphic with a home tie against Cheltenham.
The summary graphics also showed AFC Wimbledon playing Swindon, despite both being unseeded teams, while Forest Green posted clarification on their official Twitter feed that they would play MK Dons at home, rather than Wolves away as the graphic suggested.
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France’s 1998 World Cup-winning midfielder Emmanuel Petit, Carabao chief executive Sathien Setthasit and the British ambassador to Thailand Brian Davidson were on hand to assist EFL chief executive Shaun Harvey, who oversaw the draw.
Teams were regionalised into groups for north and south, then split into two pots for seedings, with a separate draw to determine who would play at home.
A spokesperson for the EFL confirmed to the Press Association there was no error with the actual draw process, but said the accompanying summary graphic was incorrect.
EFL statement on Carabao Cup draw farce… pic.twitter.com/N11V7ze8ck
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