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Legia Warsaw thrown out of UEFA Champions League

English.news.cn   2014-08-09 07:26:19

WARSAW, Aug. 8 (Xinhua) -- Current Polish football champions Legia Warsaw have been disqualified from this year's edition of the UEFA Champions League for fielding an illegible player in a match with Celtic Glasgow this week.

The player, Bartosz Bereszynski, had been sent off in a Europa League match with Apollon Limassol last season and banned for three European matches. Bereszynski didn't play in the two matches in the previous round against St Patrick's Athletic or the first-leg match against Celtic, but he came on in the last 20 minutes of the second leg of the tie with Celtic on Wednesday.

UEFA claim that Bereszynski had not been registered to play in those previous matches, so they didn't count towards the ban. On Wednesday Legia beat Celtic 2-0, wrapping up the tie 6-1, which put them through to the next round, but the tie has now been awarded to Celtic as a 3-0 walkover.

Legia fans' reactions range from criticism of the club's incompetence to an attack on UEFA's strictness, even accusing the organisation of discrimination. A similar situation happened four years ago with the Hungarian team Debrecen, who were simply fined 15000 euros.

Legia have claimed it was just an administrative error, but have five days to appeal and have asked for UEFA to explain their decision.

Editor: Mioh Song
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