Legia Warsaw fined over £63,000 for banner aimed at Uefa after being thrown out of the Champions League
Legia fans were furious after they were handed a default 3-0 defeat to Celtic, costing them a place in the Champions League play-offs
Friday 05 September 2014
Uefa have fined Legia Warsaw 80,000 euros (£63,389) for the banner their fans displayed after they were chucked out of the Champions League for fielding an ineligible player against Celtic.
The club issued a statement on their official website revealing that the governing body had imposed the fine after fans displayed a banner that read “6<1 Because Football Doesn’t Matter, Money Does” along with a large pig.
Uefa’s disciplinary panel heard the case on Thursday, and decided that a fine was the best cause of punishment – adding further salt to the wound in what has been a difficult start to the season for the 2013-14 Ekstraklasa champions.
Legia fans were furious with Uefa’s decision to impose a default 3-0 defeat on the club for the second leg. The aggregate score saw Legia originally progress 6-1, but the altered result saw things end 4-4 and Celtic went through to the Champions League play-offs via the away goal rule.
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Celtic through after Legia Warsaw field ineligible player
The Polish club are also seeking financial compensation from Uefa having taken their claim to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, having already seen an appeal to be reinstated to the Champions League rejected.
Despite progressing to the next round, Celtic lost to Swedish side Maribor over two-legs to see their Champions League dream die for a second time within a month. They now face a testing Europa League group against Astra, Salzburg and Dinamo Zagreb.
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