Football: Celtic decision within hours

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Celtic will find out their Champions League fate by Thursday morning after UEFA heard Legia Warsaw’s appeal against their expulsion from the competition.
The governing body’s appeals committee met on Wednesday morning to hear Legia outline why they should not be thrown out due to a ‘minor administration error’.
The Polish champions beat Celtic 6-1 on aggregate but were consigned to the Europa League after UEFA had ruled they fielded an ineligible player during their 2-0 second-leg victory at Murrayfield.
Defender Bartosz Bereszynski was introduced into the match with just three minutes remaining, but it later emerged he had not been registered in Legia’s squad for the previous three games and, as such, had not served a three-game ban imposed for a red card in the final Europa League match of last season.
UEFA ruled the match ‘a forfeit’ handing Celtic a 3-0 victory which was enough to secure a play-off place against Slovenia side Maribor on the away goals rule.
The decision infuriated Legia who claimed the punishment was ‘severe in the extreme’ and called on Celtic to ‘do the honourable thing by stepping aside and allowing them to take their ‘rightful’ place in the Champions League.
Following their hearing at Lausanne on Wednesday morning, Legia said in a statement: “The meeting of the UEFA Appeal Body was held in the morning, with Legia Warsaw co-owner Dariusz Mioduski and his associates present.
“The atmosphere during the meeting was fully professional and the club’s representatives were granted the possibility to thoroughly present their stand on the issue.
“The decision of the UEFA Appeal Body is to be announced in the evening or tomorrow morning. Legia Warsaw would like to thank the UEFA disciplinary bodies for the prompt organisation of the appeal procedure.
“At the same time, we would like to inform you that until the official decision of the UEFA appeal body is announced the club will not issue any further communication.”
Should their appeal fail, Legia’s final attempt to overturn the decision would be to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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