Following our story this morning regarding the fate of Celtic and Legia Warsaw’s Champions League future, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) have this evening rejected the polish clubs appeal. This means Celtic will progress to the next qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League.
Legia Warsaw had appealed after they had been kicked out of the tournament for fielding an ineligible player in the recent second leg of the tie, which they had won 2-0, (6-1 on aggregate)
UEFA overturned the result, giving a 3-0 victory to the Scottish champions, taking them through to the next stage on away goals.
A CAS statement said:
The Court of Arbitration for Sport has denied the urgent request for provisional measures filed by the Legia Warszawa SA in the course of its appeal against the UEFA Appeals Body decision of 13 August 2014.
The UEFA Appeals Body had confirmed the result 3-0 (forfeit) in favour of Celtic FC against Legia in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the UEFA Champions League. The UEFA considered that Legia had fielded an ineligible player (Bartosz Bereszynski) during the match.
Legia Warszawa filed an appeal to the CAS at 17:30 on 15 August 2014 together with an urgent application for provisional measures requesting that it be provisionally admitted to participate in UEFA Champions League matches until the CAS renders its final arbitral award.
The appeal is directed against UEFA and Celtic FC which were invited to comment on the Polish club’s request until 13:00 (Swiss time) today.
The President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division considered the parties’ written submissions and has denied Legia Warszawa’s request. Accordingly, Celtic FC remains qualified to participate in the UEFA Champion’s League 2014/2015 and will play its next match against NK Maribor on 20 August 2014.
Whilst Celtic progress to play NK Maribor, Legia Warsaw have been relegated to play in the UEFA Europa League.