Celtic reinstated to Champions League

Published Friday, 08 August 2014
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Scottish champions Celtic have been handed a reprieve which see them reinstated into the Champions League, entering Friday's draw for the play-off round.

Celtic reinstated to Champions League
Celtic have been reinstated to the Champions League by UEFA. (© Getty)

It comes after UEFA punished Polish side Legia Warsaw for fielding 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 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.

But just hours ahead of Friday's draw, UEFA announced that its disciplinary committee had awarded Celtic a 3-0 win in the second leg - ensuring their qualification on away goals, given the 4-4 aggregate score.

Legia Warsaw have five days to appeal the decision.

Celtic went on to draw Slovenian side Maribor for the play-off round.

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38 Comments
Larry in Belfast wrote (108 days ago):
I think what dan in dan west belfast means is that the Celtic suppporters are not British as the vast majority come from Ireland, but the team certainly is British whether they like it or not. It just shows that there is no 'pride' any more, it is all 'money'. A team getting thumped by a clear 5 goals, and still continuing in the competition on a technical point.
Dub in Dublin wrote (108 days ago):
Glascow Celtic is in Scotland but was founded by the Irish clergy for immigrants and has its roots in Irish culture.
seanie in dungannon wrote (108 days ago):
Dear people of N I leave politics out of sport
Seriously!? in Belfast wrote (108 days ago):
Dan in Dan West Belfast - much as I hate the whole Celtic/Rangers nonsense of this country - GLASGOW Celtic are a team which plays in the Scottish Premier league. As Scotland is a part of Great Britain, this makes them a British team.....
Jack in Belfast wrote (108 days ago):
dan in dan west Belfast: Whether you want to believe it not I'm sorry but they really are a British team. Read your history. Who are the first British team to win the European Cup? Simply google it if you don't believe me. It really isn't hard and by the way just because you say it it doesn't make it true. Look at the facts. They are based in Glasgow. Where is Glasgow? Emmmm, oh yeah, that would be Britain then. If Scotland get Independence then they will then be only a Scottish team. This is not difficult to grasp. Please try.
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