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Did former Gunner Sammy Nelson stitch up Manchester United?

Here's one for all you conspiracy theorists out there. Last Sunday's FA Cup draw has become the centre of a match fixing row after The Daily Star highlighted the above video of the draw which seems to suggest Aston Villa did not draw Manchester United.

Former Arsenal player Sammy Nelson drew out the ball that purported to be the Manc team's number, but the video suggests he got number 24 and number 25 mixed up.

As a result, our friends at Man United Pies are crying foul and are pointing the finger at Nelson for pitting Alex Ferguson's team against Villa for the fourth time in just seven FA Cup campaigns. To read the Man United Pies' take on the controversy, click here.

If Nelson did mix up the numbers, then Villa would have faced Middlesbrough (No.25), while Man United (No.24) would have drawn Bristol City.

FA bosses are claiming that Nelson did not cheat and that the numbers were correct, but looked dodgy because of a trick of the light. But what do you think? Have a gander at the footage and share your thoughts on the controversy here.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on December 5, 2007 1:14 PM in Debate of the Day| News| Players| Video
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Ah, grainy video tape, the bread and butter of conspiracy theorists everywhere, we meet again.

Posted by: Adam | December 5, 2007 1:53 PM

Nelson's reaction after he said 24(he licked his lip) kinda gave him up.I am convinced he screwed man utd on purpose

Posted by: Aksh | December 5, 2007 3:32 PM

Why would he screw Man Utd by giving them Villa? No offense to Villa, but Man Utd still have to be the favorites in that match. If he really wanted to do one over United, why not "draw" them with Liverpool or Chelsea. That way, even if Man Utd win, at least one major rival is eliminated.

Additionally, there's no way he could get away with it, since those balls are out in the open, and presumably double checked (though, with the FA, you can never be sure). He would have to have been under orders to do so. And then, what's the motivation for doing so?

Posted by: Adam | December 5, 2007 4:29 PM

also he wouldn't necessarily know what number Man Utd were

Posted by: Fra | December 6, 2007 6:06 PM

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