Polish soccer side, Legia Warsaw, have pleaded with Celtic to agree to a re-match that will decide which of the teams progresses to the Champions League.
Warsaw actually defeated the Scottish champions 6-1 on aggregate over two legs, but they have since been eliminated from the competition after they fielded an ineligible player. However, it’s not as if Bartosz Bereszynski made much of an impact in the contest because he only played for the last couple of minutes of the second leg.
Bereszynski was supposed to have served a three match European ban at the start of the season, something that Legia thought he had done when he didn’t play against St. Patrick and Celtic. But the fact that hadn’t been registered in Legia’s squad for these games meant that they didn’t count towards his suspension.
Legia Warsaw were then kicked out of the competition, despite their impressive victory over the Scots. They have now posted an open letter to their website pleading with the club to participate in a one-off playoff to decide who will progress.
“Celtic FC is a legend in European football – the club with an incredible tradition, which since 1888 co-creates the story of the most beautiful game in the world. At the basis of this legend are not only amazing sporting achievements, but also the determination and commitment to values such as honesty and honour.
“Celtic FC wrote one of the most beautiful pages in the history of European football, when in 1967 they unexpectedly defeated in the final of the Champions Cup mighty Inter Milan headed by Helenio Herrera.
“Imagine that Jock Stein and Billy McNeill were deprived of the greatest triumph in their athletic career by completing the application form wrong.
“Do not destroy the beautiful clubhouse heritage that you have left in the care of previous generations, ‘The Bhoys’. I challenge you, would you in the spirit of the game and fair play, and on the basis of Art. 34 paragraph 5 of the Uefa Disciplinary Regulations of Legia Warsaw took a common position on the Uefa disciplinary bodies. Meet in Warsaw or in Glasgow and let’s settle this matter honourably.”
However, despite these pleas, the Daily Mail has now reported that Celtic are set to reject Warsaw’s request for a play-off. Celtic have released their own statement on the matter that declares, “We are disappointed by Legia Warsaw’s comments. This is entirely a matter for UEFA and its processes.”
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