In one of the day’s biggest stories, Celtic have been sensationally reinstated into the Champions League after UEFA decided to expel Legia Warsaw for fielding an ineligible player.
Although Legia defeated Celtic emphatically over two legs, triumphing 6-1 on aggregate, they have been kicked out of the competition for bringing on an ineligible player for the last few minutes in the 2-0 second leg victory at Murrayfield.
Bartosz Bereszynski only played for four minutes but he was still suspended in the eyes of UEFA. Handed a three match ban in a Europa League game last season, Bereszynski sat out the second qualifying round ties against St. Pat’s as well as the first leg against Celtic. However, Legia did not register the player for the second qualifying round so those games didn’t count.
UEFA released a statement saying the following: “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.
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 were drawn to play Slovenian side Maribor in the play-off round of the Champions League.