Section: Ekstraklasa

Champions League: Celtic reinstated to Champions League after Legia Warsaw error

Celtic have been reinstated to the Champions League after Legia Warsaw were punished for fielding an ineligible player.

Legia won the third qualifying round tie 6-1 on aggregate but brought on Bartosz Bereszynski in the second leg, while he was supposed to be suspended.

As a result Celtic were handed a 3-0 ‘walkover’ win for the second leg, taking them through on away goals.

Celtic will play Maribor of Slovenia in the play-offs later this month.

And Legia Warsaw have been drawn to play Aktobe of Kazakhstan in the Europa League play-off.

“It is very strange, I have to say that,” said Celtic manager Ronny Deila, whose Norwegian countryman Henning Berg is in charge of Legia.

“First of all I feel very sorry for Legia, and my friends from Norway there. It is tough to think of that and now we are in the Champions League.

“Legia played well against us, they put in good performances but this is nothing to do with Celtic. It is about UEFA.

“It is not my business. It is a club thing and a UEFA thing.

“It is a tough decision and I really feel sorry for Legia but we have to go into the game and prepare for Maribor.

“The players want to play in the Champions League. It looks like we have been given another chance and I think it will be no problem to get the players up for the game.”

Legia have five days to appeal and have asked for Uefa’s reasoning.

The Polish champions, who now take Celtic’s place in the Europa League play-offs, won the first leg 4-1 and the second 2-0.

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Champions League: Legia Warsaw investigated by Uefa for fielding ‘ineligible’ player against Celtic

Legia Warsaw’s 6-1 aggregate victory over Celtic is under investigation after the Polish club allegedly fielded an ineligible player

Celtic could be handed a sensational Champions League reprieve after Uefa launched an investigation into the eligibility of one of Legia Warsaw’s players during their 6-1 aggregate win over the Scottish champions.

The Polish side confirmed that they had been asked for information from the European governing body.

A statement on Legia’s official website read: “The club announces that in connection with the Celtic FC-Legia Warsaw match in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the Champions League, Uefa opened an investigation into the participation of Bartosz Bereszynskiego.

“The club is preparing the relevant information and explanations, which will be sent to Uefa today.

“The result of the investigation will be announced immediately after its completion.”

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Champions League: Celtic 2-1 Legia Warsaw

Celtic’s ambitions of a third successive Champions League campaign foundered as they crashed to a 2-0 defeat at Murrayfield.

They never looked like turning around the 4-1 first-leg deficit.

The Celtic defence seemed to part as Michal Zyro and Michal Kucharczyk sealed their fate.

It is a crushing blow for Ronny Deila, whose predecessor Neil Lennon guided the club into the last 16 two years ago and into the group stage last season.

Those two campaigns earned Celtic in the region of £33m in prize money alone.

While they still have a chance of a Europa League run, the absence of Champions League football is a massive financial blow, to say nothing of the prestige that comes with playing in Europe’s premier competition.

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