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Celtic rejects impassioned plea by Legia Warsaw to give Champions League spot to Polish team

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    FILE -In this Thursday, Nov. 28, 2013 file photo Legia Warsaw's Bartosz Bereszynski Lazio's Stefan Radu, left, challenge for the ball during their Europa League Group J soccer match between Legia Warszawa and Lazio Rome in Warsaw, Poland. UEFA said Friday Auc. 8, 2014, Scottish side Celtic has been reinstated to the Champions League playoffs after qualifying-round opponent Legia Warsaw was punished for fielding Bartosz Bereszynski an ineligible player. Legia won the third-round 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. (AP Photo/Alik Keplicz, File) (The Associated Press)

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    Giorgio Marchetti, UEFA Director of professional football, shows the ticket of Scottish club Celtic FC, during the draw of the games for the Champions League 2014/15 playoff rounds, at the UEFA headquarters in Nyon, Switzerland, Friday, Aug. 8, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi) (The Associated Press)

Celtic has rejected a plea by Legia Warsaw to give up its place in the Champions League playoffs in favor of the Polish team.

Celtic were reinstated to Europe's elite competition on Friday after Legia was found to have fielded an ineligible player during its 6-1 aggregate win against Celtic in the third qualifying round.

Legia chairman Dariusz Mioduski published an open letter on his club's website Sunday, urging Celtic not to "destroy the beautiful legacy that you inherited from the past generations" and "settle this matter honorably."

Celtic has replied in a short statement, saying it is "disappointed" by the comments adding it "is entirely a matter for UEFA and its processes."

Bartosz Bereszynski entered as a substitute for Legia in the second leg despite not completing a suspension.