Monday August 18th, 2014

Legia Warsaw's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against expulsion from the Champions League has been rejected, and Celtic will keep its place in the league’s playoff round, the court announced Monday.

Legia had filed an urgent request with the CAS after its appeal to the UEFA was rejected.

More: Champions League playoff round fixtures

The Polish club 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. 

After the UEFA appeal was rejected, Legia majority owner Dariusz Mioduski had announced the team's intentions to appeal to the CAS as well, saying they found the decision "extremely unfair."

Celtic will play Slovenian club Maribor in the playoff round on Aug. 20 and Aug. 26.

- Molly Geary

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