Legia Warsaw's appeal against expulsion from the Champions League has been rejected by the UEFA, and Celtic will retain its place in the competition, Legia announced Thursday.
Legia defeated Celtic 2-0 in the second leg of the qualifying round, but were later found to have fielded an ineligible player, Bartosz Bereszynski. The violation gave Celtic a 3-0 win instead, sending them to the Champions League playoff round against Maribor.
The appeal was heard by UEFA's Control, Ethics and Disciplinary Body. Legia now plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, according to majority owner Dariusz Mioduski.
Unfortunately for now football is not winning… We are going to CAS. — Dariusz Mioduski (@DariuszMioduski) August 14, 2014
Mioduski commented further:
"Till the last moment we hoped that the spirit of sport wins, we find the decision extremely unfair," said Mioduski. "Our lawyers are now working hard on the case, while the team prepares for the forthcoming matches."
- Molly Geary