NYON, Switzerland – UEFA says Scottish side Celtic has been reinstated to the Champions League playoffs after qualifying-round opponent Legia Warsaw was punished for fielding an ineligible player.
Legia won the two-leg qualifying match 6-1 on aggregate after following up a 4-1 victory in the first leg with a 2-0 win at Murrayfield on Wednesday.
But the Polish side brought on Bartosz Bereszynski as an 86th-minute substitute in the second leg, even though he was suspended for the game.
UEFA said in a statement Friday that "the match has been declared as forfeit," meaning Legia loses the game 3-0. That means the Scottish champions advance on away goals, with the aggregate score at 4-4.
Legia official Dominik Ebebenge says the club will appeal.