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FC Sion appeal rejected

The UEFA Appeals Body has rejected the appeal lodged by Swiss club FC Sion against the decision to forfeit their two UEFA Europa League play-off games against Celtic FC.

UEFA's Appeals Body has rejected the appeal lodged by Sion
UEFA's Appeals Body has rejected the appeal lodged by Sion ©Sportsfile

The UEFA Appeals Body today dealt with the appeal lodged by FC Sion against the decision of the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body of 2 September to forfeit their two UEFA Europa League play-off games played against Celtic FC on 18 and 25 August.

The Appeals Body heard the parties and decided to reject the appeal lodged by Sion, confirming that the Swiss club had fielded ineligible players in both matches.

As a consequence, Celtic remain qualified for the UEFA Europa League group stage and will play against Club Atlético de Madrid on Thursday 15 September. An appeal against this decision can be lodged to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within ten days of receipt of the written grounds for the decisions.

UEFA also received today on this matter a court decision from the Tribunal Cantonal de Vaud and will issue a statement in this respect at a later stage.