Legia loses appeal to get back in Champions League

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 14, 2014 at 9:11 am •  Published: August 14, 2014

NYON, Switzerland (AP) — UEFA has dismissed Legia Warsaw's appeal against forfeiting its Champions League place for fielding a suspended player against Celtic.

Legia can now seek an urgent Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing before Celtic plays Maribor in the first leg of the playoffs on Wednesday.

UEFA said Thursday its appeals panel upheld a disciplinary decision awarding Celtic a 3-0 default victory over Legia in the second leg of the third-round qualifying match last week in Scotland. Legia had won 2-0.

The ruling sent Celtic through on away goals after Legia won 4-1 in Poland.

UEFA punished Legia for fielding Bartosz Bereszynski as a late substitute in Edinburgh when he was technically still serving a three-match suspension.

Because Legia failed to register Bereszynski for the second qualifying round, those matches against St. Patrick's Athletic were not counted against his ban even though he was not involved.

Legia co-owner Dariusz Mioduski headed the club delegation to the appeal hearing Wednesday at UEFA headquarters. The Polish champions acknowledged that a club official was responsible for the registration error.

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