Celtic back in the Champions League after Legia Warsaw punished by Uefa
Celtic have been handed a Champions League reprieve after their Polish opponents fielded an ineligible player
August 8th, 2014
Uefa have wasted little time punishing Legia Warsaw for fielding an ineligible player in their Champions League clash with Celtic on Tuesday night, with the Polish side thrown out of the competition as a result.
It means that Celtic have been given a temporary reprieve which will see the Scottish champions compete in the play-offs to reach the group stage of the Champions League, with Warsaw in the Europa League instead.
It’s an amazing reprieve, with Celtic having suffered a 6-1 aggregate defeat against their Polish opponents over two games, with the 2-0 loss at home to Legia on Tuesday being converted into a 3-0 win for Ronny Deila’s team.
“Legia have been sanctioned for fielding an ineligible player (article 18 of the Uefa Champions League regulations and article 21 of the Disciplinary Regulations). The match has been declared as forfeit meaning Legia Warsaw have lost the match 3-0,” a Uefa statement said. “As a consequence, Celtic have qualified for the Uefa Champions League play-offs on away goals (agg: 4-4) and Legia will compete in the UEFA Europa League play-offs.
“In addition the player Bartosz Bereszynski has been suspended for one additional Uefa competition match for which he would be otherwise eligible. This suspension shall be added to the remaining two match suspension which the player still has to serve in accordance with the Control and Disciplinary Body decision of 13 February 2014.”
Celtic will now face NK Maribor for a place in the Champions League group stage, with the Slovenian champions favourite to overcome a team who were roundly trounced by Legia Warsaw.