David Moyes has lit the blue touch paper with UEFA by accusing them of cheating to keep Everton out of the Champions League draw in 2005.
Everton finished fourth in the Premier League and dumped Liverpool into fifth spot, but as the Anfield side won the Champions League that year, UEFA created an extra place in the competition for them.
However, Moyes believes that UEFA also created a situation that would keep Everton out of the draw for the group stages by using heated balls in the draw for the qualifying rounds in order to put Everton into a near-impossible game.
The Goodison boss also accused Italian referee Pierluigi Collina of being in on the act when he disallowed a perfectly good goal from Duncan Ferguson that would have given Everton a chance to progress.
“The draw we got was a stinker. I always think it was the ‘hot balls’ in the bag that day,” said Moyes.
“We went away [trailing 2-1] and Duncan Ferguson scored to make it 2-1 on the night to take it to extra-time and Pierluigi Collina chops it off.
“That could have changed what we did at Everton. If we had got into the group stages with the money that was available.
“Everyone knows the previous season Liverpool had won the European Cup so deep down I didn’t think they (UEFA) wanted five British teams in the group stages.
“I am sure they were all delighted when we were knocked out.”
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