The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed Legia Warsaw’s appeal against their expulsion from the UEFA Champions League.
Polish champions Legia defeated Celtic 2-0 at Murrayfield in the second leg of their third qualifying round tie in August , sealing a 6-1 aggregate success.
However, the late introduction of defender Bartosz Bereszynski caused controversy, with Legia believing the player to have previously served a three-match suspension.
UEFA disagreed, claiming that Bereszynski was not registered for Legia’s second-round tie with St Patrick’s and his suspension was therefore not fulfilled.
The governing body subsequently awarded Celtic a 3-0 win, enough to see them progress to the play-off round on away goals.
That decision was upheld by UEFA’s appeals body and now by the CAS, who said Europe’s governing body had acted in accordance with the rules.
A statement read: “UEFA’s decision to declare the club’s match against Celtic FC to be lost by forfeit was not disproportionate.”