Appeal rejected over Celtic Euro tie

Published Monday, 18 August 2014
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The Court of Arbitration for Sport has turned down Legia Warsaw's request to be re-admitted to the Champions League, meaning Celtic's play-off against Maribor on Wednesday will go ahead as planned.

Appeal rejected over Celtic Euro tie
Celtic's reinstatement in the competition is to stand. (© Getty)

The Scottish champions were reinstated into the competition after Legia Warsaw were found to have fielded an ineligible player in their second leg tie against the Hoops in the third qualifying round.

Bartosz Bereszynski had been suspended following a red card for violent conduct in last season's Europa League, but came on as an 86th-minute substitute.

Legia won the second leg 2-0, meaning they won 6-1 aggregate over Celtic.

Earlier this month UEFA awarded Celtic a 3-0 win in the second leg - ensuring their qualification on away goals, given the 4-4 aggregate score.

The Polish club challenged the ruling at the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which is considered the last resort for sporting matters, however, it found in UEFA's favour.

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9 Comments
red in seaforde wrote (60 days ago):
Really in Béal Feirste. Firstly, how can something be exactly similar? Secondly, the Debrecen player was ineligible. The Legia player was banned. You didn't finish your homework. There is flexibility of punishment for ineligible. It's a 3-0 defeat, (not flexible) for banned.
Ady in Cookstown wrote (60 days ago):
@Really in Belfast... Wrong ACTUALLY ! Stating all these names and "Facts" in your post and you are WRONG ! The Debrecen player was INELIGIBLE (technically) , the Legia player was SUSPENDED (Banned for violent behaviour).Different offences , different penalties ! Good luck in the group stages Celtic.
David in Belfast wrote (61 days ago):
Who cares? They won't be in much longer. Scottish League is shocking!! Glorified Irish League.
Jack in Belfast wrote (61 days ago):
Rules are rules, yes I agree, but I'm afraid to say Celtic were outclassed beyond belief and I fear they will be again. Men against Bhoys.
Really in Béal Feirste wrote (62 days ago):
Actually Chris in Dublin there is a precedent for this. In an exactly similar incident in 2010 UEFA only fined Debrecen £15,000 and rejected a protest from opponents Litex Lovech, who wanted the Hungarian side kicked out of the tournament for fielding an ineligible player. Debrecen argued that they fielded Peter Mate in good faith as a substitute in Bulgaria when they were leading 4-1 on aggregate. Uefa ruled that Debrecen had "no interest in fielding this player for the three last minutes of additional time, when the score was so clearly in its favour". Id be completely embarrassed to be a Celtic fan right now.
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