Celtic verdict in next 24 hours

Celtic will find out their Champions League fate by Thursday morning after UEFA heard Legia Warsaw's appeal against their expulsion from the competition.

Last Updated: 14/08/14 at 14:23 Post Comment

Goalmouth action during the Champions League qualifier between Celtic and Legia

Goalmouth action during the Champions League qualifier between Celtic and Legia

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

The governing body's appeals committee met on Wednesday morning to hear Legia outline why they should not be thrown out due to what they refer to as a 'minor administration error'.

The Polish champions beat Celtic 6-1 on aggregate but were consigned to the Europa League after UEFA ruled they fielded an ineligible player during their 2-0 second-leg victory at Murrayfield.

Defender Bartosz Bereszynski was introduced into the match with just three minutes remaining, but it later emerged he had not been registered in Legia's squad for the previous three games and, as such, had not served a three-game ban imposed for a red card in the final Europa League match of last season.

UEFA ruled the match 'a forfeit' handing Celtic a 3-0 victory which was enough to secure a play-off place against Slovenia side Maribor on the away goals rule.

The decision infuriated Legia who claimed the punishment was 'severe in the extreme' and called on Celtic to 'do the honourable thing by stepping aside and allowing them to take their rightful place in the competition'.

Following their hearing at Lausanne, Legia co-owner Dariusz Mioduski told Sky Sports News HQ: "All I can say is that I was very pleased with the way the proceedings went.

"It was quite professional, quite formal and we were given ample opportunity to present our views and to explain the situation that it is more of a misinterpretation of the regulations rather than to avoid the regulations.

"We were listened to, which is the most important thing for me. There were questions asked on both sides, very professionally, and each side gave their arguments.

"Of course, I am not very objective in this as I think our arguments were better but we will see what happens either tonight or tomorrow morning when we expect to receive the formal decision."

Asked if he was confident the decision would be overturned, Mioduski said: "I can't say that but what I can say is that I am cautiously optimistic. I really take great comfort from the fact we were listened to and were able to give our arguments.

"I think on the strength and merit of the arguments, I have some optimism but I cannot say I am fully confident."

Should their appeal fail, Legia's final attempt to overturn the decision would be to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

N

ow is the time for Allardyce to finally get a chance at a big club please. He is likely to have a number of great offers for his services this summer, but who will he choose? Will it be Liverpool, Real Madrid, Dortmund or Man City?

medina_sod
Allardyce leaves West Ham

I

thought exactly this when the Match of the Day pundits were peddling this line. Is it really not okay for fans of a club to have some ambition these days then?

damoceltic
Bored Of Big Sam? It's Your Right...

H

ow magnanimous off him - to leave if he's asked to by the owners? What's the alternative, bunker down in his office claiming squatter's rights if FSG want rid?

feed the bear
Rodgers: I'll go if owners want

Footer 365

Middlesbrough 0-2 Norwich: Cameron Jerome and Nathan Redmond strike as Canaries seal immediate return to Premier League

Norwich City gained promotion to the Premier League with a 2-0 victory over Middlesbrough in the Championship play-off final at Wembley.

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, insists agent Dimitri Seluk

Yaya Toure will stay at Manchester City, according to his agent.

UEFA chief Michel Platini says it would be good for football if Sepp Blatter loses FIFA election

Michel Platini is backing Prince Ali bin al-Hussein of Jordan in Friday’s FIFA presidential election.

Mail Box

Can We Combine Danny And Theo?

The finishing of Theo Walcott and the hold-up play of Danny Welbeck would be just perfect. Plus, lots of Brendan Rodgers, some Big Sam and all hail Degsy...

Only One Real Manager Of The Year

Winning the Premier League with the best squad in the Premier League is only par; Ronald Koeman did a whole lot better. Plus, the last word on Raheem and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company