Despite loosing 6-1 in the two legged third round qualifying tie against Polish club, Legia Warsaw , Nigerian midfielder Efe Ambrose and his Celtic teammates can thank their stars, albeit a 'divine' intervention.
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Polish Club, Legia Warsaw sanctioned for fielding ineligible player
Legia Warsaw fielded an ineligible player in the game played in Scotland and were placed under investigation for the act.
The player, Bartosz Bereszynski played just 2 minutes in the 2-0 victory over the Scots, when he was to be suspended after being sent off in Legia's final Europa League tie last season against Apollon Limassol and receiving a three-match ban.
UEFA's inquiry into the matter has caused them a sanction which amounts to elimination from further participation in the European Championship.
As a result Celtic were handed a 3-0 'walkover' win for the second leg, taking them through on away goals.
This is not the first time the Celtic Greens will enjoy such favour; three years ago, after losing 3-1 to Swiss opponent Sion, Celtic was admitted into the next stage after the the Swiss club was kicked out of the Europa Cup for fielding an ineligible player against the Neil Lennon led side.
In a different contrast, Bulgarian club, Litex Lovech had their appeal for reinstatement dropped by UEFA after losing 4-1 to Hungarian sideDebrecen which fielded an ineligible player, 3 minutes into the end of the game, the score was 4-1 already before Peter Mate was brought in against the Bulgarian side.
UEFA posited that Debrecen was not in the interest of
The Polish team reacted to to the situation, expressly aggrieved:
Dominik Ebebenge, a club official said.
The Club's president added:
Legia have five days to appeal the decision.
Meanwhile, Celtic has been drawn to face Slovenian club, Maribor FC
Was Legia Warsaw in the interest of fielding Bartosz Bereszynski, having won the first leg 4-1 and leading the second 2-0?