Celtic WILL play Maribor after Legia fail to stop tie going ahead

CELTIC will play NK Maribor in the Champions League play-off on Wednesday after Legia Warsaw today failed in their attempt to have the first-leg tie postponed.

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Bartosz Bereszynski (right) played against Celtic while serving a Uefa ban
Bartosz Bereszynski (right) played against Celtic while serving a Uefa ban

The Polish club had taken their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, asking that Uefa's decision to award a 3-0 victory to the Parkhead side after Legia were found guilty of fielding a suspended player - Bartosz Bereszynski - against them be overturned.

Due to the fixture schedule, the appeal Legia submitted on Friday had also asked for 'provisional measures' to be taken by CAS when they considered the case at their Swiss headquarters today.

If granted, that could have seen the independent body order Uefa to postpone the play-off ties involving Celtic and Legia until a full hearing could be held.

After going out of the Champions League qualifier to Celtic on away goals as a result of the 2-0 victory in Edinburgh two weeks ago being declared forfeit and Celtic awarded a 3-0 win, Legia drop down to the Europa League play-off, where they have been drawn to play Aktobe in Kazakhstan on Thursday.

Legia will now proceed with these ties.

A statement from CAS read: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has denied the urgent request for provisional measures filed by the Legia Warszawa SA in the course of its appeal against the Uefa Appeals Body decision of 13 August 2014.

"The Uefa Appeals Body had confirmed the result 3-0 (forfeit) in favour of Celtic FC against Legia in the second leg of the third qualifying round of the Uefa Champions League. The Uefa considered that Legia had fielded an ineligible player (Bartosz Bereszynski) during the match.

"Legia Warszawa 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.

"The appeal is directed against Uefa and Celtic FC which were invited to comment on the Polish club’s request until 13:00 (Swiss time) today.

"The President of the CAS Appeals Arbitration Division considered the parties’ written submissions and has denied Legia Warszawa’s request.

"Accordingly, Celtic FC remains qualified to participate in the Uefa Champions League 2014/2015 and will play its next match against NK Maribor on 20 August 2014.

"The CAS arbitration will now continue and a panel of arbitrators will be constituted to examine this case within the next weeks.

"On the merits, Legia has requested that no sanctions be imposed on either the club or the player Bereszynski and that Uefa be ordered to pay a financial compensation to the Polish club."

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