Legia Warsaw are officially eliminated from this season’s Champions League after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected the club’s appeal for a temporary reprieve.
The Polish champions beat Celtic 6-1 on aggregate in the third qualifying round only for Uefa to award the Scottish side a 3-0 victory in the second leg after Legia had been found to use an ineligible player, Bartosz Bereszynski, for the final four minutes of their 2-0 win at Murrayfield.
The defender was still officially serving a three-match ban, having not been registered for the previous round’s two-legged win over St Patrick’s Athletic due to an administrative error.
And while CAS will rule on the case at a later date, the body has released a statement confirming it has refused Legia’s appeal to continue in the Champions League until such time as a final judgement is made.
“Legia Warsaw filed an appeal to the CAS at 17:30 on 15 August 2014 together with an urgent application for provisional measures requesting that it be provisionally admitted to participate in UEFA Champions League matches until the CAS renders its final arbitral award,” said the statement.
“The President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division considered the parties’ written submissions and has denied Legia Warsaw’s request. Accordingly, Celtic FC remain qualified to participate in the UEFA Champions League 2014-15 and will play their next match against NK Maribor on August 20, 2014.”
Legia have requested that both the club and Bereszynski have any sanctions against them lifted, but the matter will not now be resolved until after they have begun their Europa League campaign against Kazakhstan side Aktobe on Thursday.