Celtic face appeal as Legia hit out at Uefa's 'unfair' ban

 

Celtic have been reinstated to the Champions League play-offs after their opponents in the qualifying round, Legia Warsaw, were thrown out of the competition for fielding an ineligible player as a late substitute.

However, they must still await the outcome of a likely appeal from the Poles, who were angry at the decision claiming it was caused by a clerical error.

For now, the reprieve has earned Celtic a tie with the Slovenian champions Maribor in the final play-off round. Legia had won the third-round qualifier 6-1 on aggregate on Wednesday, following up their 4-1 victory in the first leg with a 2-0 win at Murrayfield.  But the Polish side brought on Bartosz Bereszynski in the 86th minute of the second leg, even though he was suspended for the game.

Legia official Dominik Ebebenge said the club would appeal, and blamed human error for failing to register the player in question for previous qualifying games, meaning those matches did not count toward his three-game suspension.

“The proportion between the error and the consequences is unimaginable,” Ebebenge said after receiving Uefa’s verdict one hour before yesterday’s draw for the Champions League play-offs. “The spirits of the players are broken.”

Celtic were awarded a  3-0 victory for the second leg, meaning the Scottish champions progress on away goals with the aggregate score at 4-4. It is the second time in four seasons that Celtic have been reinstated in a Uefa competition. In 2011, the Swiss club Sion were ejected from the Europa League after fielding five ineligible players in their victory over Celtic.

Celtic’s manager Ronny Deila admitted the reinstatement left him feeling “very strange”, adding: “I feel very sorry for Legia.” When asked if he felt embarrassed, given the fact that his team had been outplayed, he replied: “Legia played well against us, but this is nothing to do with Celtic. It is about Uefa. It is not my business.”

The Legia manager, Henning Berg, found the judgement hard to fathom, saying: “It’s very, very difficult to take and I think it goes against every intention of fair play and fair competition.”

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Seifeddine Rezgui: What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?

Making of a killer

What motivated a shy student to kill 38 holidaymakers in Tunisia?
UK Heatwave: Temperatures on the tube are going to exceed the legal limit for transporting cattle

Just when you thought your commute couldn't get any worse...

Heatwave will see temperatures on the Tube exceed legal limit for transporting cattle
Exclusive - The Real Stories of Migrant Britain: Swapping Bucharest for London

The Real Stories of Migrant Britain

Meet the man who swapped Romania for the UK in a bid to provide for his family, only to discover that the home he left behind wasn't quite what it seemed
Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Cheaper energy on the way, but it's not all sunshine and rainbows

Solar power will help bring down electricity prices over the next five years, according to a new report. But it’s cheap imports of ‘dirty power’ that will lower them the most
Katy Perry prevented from buying California convent for $14.5m after nuns sell to local businesswoman instead

No grace of God for Katy Perry as sisters act to stop her buying convent

Archdiocese sues nuns who turned down star’s $14.5m because they don’t approve of her
Ajmer: The ancient Indian metropolis chosen to be a 'smart city' where residents would just be happy to have power and running water

Residents just want water and power in a city chosen to be a ‘smart’ metropolis

The Indian Government has launched an ambitious plan to transform 100 of its crumbling cities
Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth': The Scottish play on film, from Welles to Cheggers

Something wicked?

Films of Macbeth don’t always end well - just ask Orson Welles... and Keith Chegwin
10 best sun creams for body

10 best sun creams for body

Make sure you’re protected from head to toe in the heatwave
Wimbledon 2015: Nick Bollettieri - Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games

Nick Bollettieri's Wimbledon files

Milos Raonic has ability to get to the top but he must learn to handle pressure in big games
Women's World Cup 2015: How England's semi-final success could do wonders for both sexes

There is more than a shiny trophy to be won by England’s World Cup women

The success of the decidedly non-famous females wearing the Three Lions could do wonders for a ‘man’s game’ riddled with cynicism and greed
How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth: Would people co-operate to face down a global peril?

How to stop an asteroid hitting Earth

Would people cooperate to face a global peril?
Just one day to find €1.6bn: Greece edges nearer euro exit

One day to find €1.6bn

Greece is edging inexorably towards an exit from the euro
New 'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could help surgeons and firefighters, say scientists

'Iron Man' augmented reality technology could become reality

Holographic projections would provide extra information on objects in a person's visual field in real time
Sugary drinks 'are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year'

Sugary drinks are killing 184,000 adults around the world every year

The drinks that should be eliminated from people's diets
Pride of Place: Historians map out untold LGBT histories of locations throughout UK

Historians map out untold LGBT histories

Public are being asked to help improve the map