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Legia Loses UCL Appeal

  • Reuters, Thursday, August 14, 2014 2:33 PM
Polish champ Legia Warsaw on Thursday lost its appeal to UEFA against elimination from the Champions League for fielding a suspended player in the second game of its two-game series against Celtic last week. Immediately following the decision, Legia said it would appeal the matter to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS.

Legia thumped the Scottish champ 6-1 on aggregate but was later stripped of its place in the final playoff round for bringing on Bartosz Bereszynski, who was suspended, for the last few minutes of the second game, which Legia won 2-0 in Glasgow. UEFA awarded Celtic a 3-0 win as punishment, meaning the Scottish team advanced on away goals after the series finished 4-4. Legia thought Bereszynski was eligible, but because he had not been registered in the squad for the previous three matches, he did not sufficiently serve the ban.

Legia faces a battle against time to get the CAS to review the case before next week’s UCL playoff round; as it stands, Celtic is set to face Slovenian club Maribor on Aug. 20 and 27 with the winner moving on the UCL group stage.

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