Celtic protests over Sion matches accepted

UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body accepted the two protests by Celtic FC against the validity of their play-off games against FC Sion and awarded both to the Scottish side by forfeit.

A UEFA flag flies at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in northern France
A UEFA flag flies at the UEFA European Under-19 Championship in northern France ©Sportsfile

The UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body today dealt with the two protests lodged by Celtic FC against the validity of their UEFA Europa League play-off ties played against FC Sion on 18 and 25 August.

The Scottish club questioned the eligibility of a number of the Sion players who participated in these matches, with the Swiss side winning 3-1 on aggregate. The Control and Disciplinary Body accepted both protests and decided to award both ties to Celtic by forfeit (3-0).

As a consequence, Celtic are qualified for the UEFA Europa League group stage. An appeal can be lodged against these decisions within three days of receipt of the written grounds for the decisions.