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Celtic reinstated in Champions League despite 6-1 loss

Celtic have been reinstated in the Champions League despite a humiliating 6-1 defeat on aggregate to Legia Warsaw - who played an ineligible player.

Celtic's Virgil Van Dijk looks dejected during the Champions League match against Legia Warsaw.
Celtic's Virgil Van Dijk looks dejected during the Champions League match against Legia Warsaw. Credit: Jeff Holmes/PA Wire

The Polish side brought on Bartosza Bereszynski, who should have been suspended, as a substitute with four remaining minutes in their 2-0 victory at Murrayfield.

Uefa ruled that Legia Warsaw must forfeit their second leg match and awarded Celtic a 3-0 victory - meaning the Scottish champions progress on away goals.

If a side fields a suspended player they must forfeit the match, according to Uefa rules.

Legia Warsaw have the right to appeal the decision.

Five Celtic fans jailed in Amsterdam

Five Celtic fans have been jailed in Amsterdam for their involvement in violence before the Champions League match against Ajax in November, according to reports.

Two of the men were sentenced to two months, one to one month and two to six weeks while one was acquitted.

Celtic Football Club said there was "no excuse for any form of violent conduct," but added: "There is no question that Celtic supporters have been subjected to a high degree of provocation."

Read: Celtic fans warned to take care before Ajax clash

The Scots were accused of violence in a public space and reportedly denied the charges.

Dutch police said 28 Scots were among 44 people arrested in the wake of the clashes which left eight police officers injured.


Celtic opponents 'could sacrifice sheep' before match

The manager of a Kazakh football club has refused to rule out sacrificing a sheep ahead of a game against Celtic in Glasgow.

Shakhter Karagandy boss Viktor Kumykov said the ritual may go ahead before the team's Champions League play-off second leg tie at Celtic Park on Wednesday.

At a pre-match press conference Mr Kumykov said that it would not be too difficult to find a suitable animal in Scotland.

When asked where he planned to get the sheep, he replied: "As far as we know in Scotland the agriculture is very developed so it shouldn't be an issue to find a sheep."

Watch first leg highlights: Shakhter Karagandy 2-0 Celtic

Celtic striker released after Elvis impersonator 'assault'

Celtic's Anthony Stokes Credit: Niall Carson/PA Wire

Celtic striker Anthony Stokes has been released from police custody after being arrested for an alleged assault on an Elvis impersonator.

The footballer was arrested this morning over the incident at a nightclub in Dublin on 8th June, just hours after an international between Ireland and the Faroe Islands.

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Celtic players jubilant following victory

Celtic players Tony Watt and Fraser Forster have spoken of their joy after their team beat Barcelona in the Champions League.

It'll take a couple of hours to sink in. I just saw (Victor) Valdes, I thought to put it to the side of him and it might go in. It's probably the best moment of my life, I'll look back at it when I'm older and think 'We've just beaten Barcelona in the Champions League' - there's nothing better.

– Tony Watt

It's tremendous, I don't think words can describe it. We put in so much effort at the Nou Camp and couldn't see it through, and tonight we've seen it through. We had a good look two weeks ago and we knew what we wanted to do. Everyone was tremendous, everyone played their part tonight. We defended really well and Tony came on and scored a great goal; his goals-to-games ratio is incredible.

– Fraser Forrest speaking to Sky Sports 2

Historic victory as Celtic beat Barcelona 2-1

Goals from Victor Wanyama and Tony Watt have given Celtic a famous 2-1 home win against Barcelona.

Celtic's Victor Wanyama (right) and Joe Ledley in action with Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez
Celtic's Victor Wanyama (right) and Joe Ledley in action with Barcelona's Pedro Rodriguez Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Lionel Messi scored a consolation goal for the Spanish side in injury time.

Barcelona's Lionel Messi stands dejected
Barcelona's Lionel Messi stands dejected Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Judge: Actions of bomb plotters 'incomprehensible'

Sentencing the two men who sent parcel bombs to Celtic manager Neil Lennon, trial judge Lord Turnbull said their actions were "incomprehensible".

Trevor Muirhead and Neil McKenzie were convicted last month following a five-week trial at the High Court in Glasgow.

The jury heard that McKenzie told police he learned how to make a hoax bomb after seeing it on the 1980s TV show The A-Team. Giving evidence during the trial, Lennon said he was left "very disturbed" after finding out he had been targeted.

The assault plot centred on four suspicious packages, all of them non-viable, which were discovered last spring.

A second device sent to Lennon at Celtic's training ground in Lennoxtown, was intercepted at a sorting office in Kirkintilloch last year when a postman spotted a nail protruding from it.

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