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Salako Makes Identity Blunder On TV

Written By: SD Reporter

Nigerian-born former England international, John Salako was at the centre of a live television blunder, as confusion reigned during the second-round draw for the Carabao Cup.

Drawn in the Sky Sports studios by Alex McLeish and Salako, alongside host Julian Warren, things appeared to go awry early on as the Southern Section took shape.

The draw was conducted with seeded teams being picked out, followed by whether they would be at home or away and then finally, their opposition.

However, as Salako said Norwich would be away to Charlton, he appeared to realise that match and the previous three ties had been drawn the wrong way around.

A number of affected clubs in the Southern Section, including Norwich, Charlton, Ipswich and Crystal Palace, all tweeted about their confusion.

Watford initially reported an away tie against Bristol City, as per the draw, only to amend it to a home one, and Brentford tweeted: ‘we will be at home to QPR’, before following up with ‘or we might be away, we’re not quite sure!!’.

The English Football League later released the draw in full which confirmed the first four ties had been drawn incorrectly – bringing about memories of round one when Charlton were drawn twice.

That meant Brentford (v QPR), Ipswich (v Crystal Palace), Bristol City (v Watford) and Charlton (v Norwich) were all given away ties having initially thought they were at home.

An EFL statement read: ‘In the Southern draw there was some confusion as to the home or away status of the first four ties. This has subsequently been clarified following a review of the TV output. The draw was in no way compromised.’

Southampton, beaten finalists last season, will play Wolves at home, and Sunderland were rewarded for Thursday night’s 1-0 first-round win at Bury with a trip to Carlisle.

Burnley will travel to local rivals Blackburn in one of several local derbies, while Newcastle will play four-time tournament winners Nottingham Forest while Birmingham will take on manager Harry Redknapp’s former club Bournemouth at St Andrew’s.

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