Legia Warsaw lose UEFA appeal

Legia Warsaw’s appeal against expulsion from the Champions League has been dismissed by UEFA, which means that Celtic will remain in the competition.

The Polish club were punished for fielding suspended player Bartosz Bereszynski in their third round qualifying tie with Celtic. With only four minutes of the second leg remaining, and Legia already winning 6-1 on aggregate, Legia coach Henning Berg substituted Ondrej Duda with Bereszynski.

When news of the suspended player taking part in the game became known, UEFA awarded Celtic a 3-0 ‘walkover’ win for the second leg, taking them through to the play-off round where they were drawn to face Maribor, with Legia dropping into a Europa League play-off with Kazakhstani side Aktobe.

Legia now plan to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Celtic’s play-off matches against Maribor are due to take place on August 20 and 26, with the first leg in Maribor.

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