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Reprieve for Celtic as Legia Warsaw thrown out of Champions League

The Polish side have been punished for fielding an ineligible player.

Piotr Hawalej

Sad news for Polish football today, but relief for Celtic and their embattled manager Ronny Deila. Despite having handily dispatched Scottish champions Celtic over two legs, Legia Warsaw have been thrown out of the Champions League qualifying stages for fielding an ineligible player.

The player in question, Bartosz Bereszynski, played only the last few minutes of the second leg, with Legia already 2-0 up on the night, 6-1 up on aggregate, and assured of their place in the next round. However, he had been dismissed for violent conduct in the last game of Legia's Europa League campaign last season, and he therefore should have been suspended for the game in question.

As such, the result on the night has been overturned and Celtic will be awarded a 3-0 default victory. This, when taken along with the first leg result, a 4-1 win for Legia in Poland, means that Celtic progress on away goals; Callum McGregor's goal after eight minutes proving ultimately decisive. Celtic will therefore take their place in the draw for the next stage of Champions League qualification, which is to be held later today.