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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. 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.

Real Madrid win Champions League

Gareth Bale scored a winner with minutes to go in extra time. Credit: Reuters

Real Madrid have beaten rivals Atletico 4-1 to lift the Champions League trophy, after coming from behind to secure a dramatic win in extra time.

An equaliser in the final moments of the 90 from Sergio Ramos took the game into extra time after Diego Godin had put Atletico ahead.

Goals from Gareth Bale, Marcelo and Ronaldo then wrapped up the win with a scoreline that did not truly tell the story of a tense match.


Greenpeace activists arrested at Champions League final

Ten Greenpeace campaigners have been arrested at the Champions League Final in Lisbon before they were able to attach a protest banner to the stadium roof.

CNN sports correspondent Alex Thomas tweeted these pictures from the event where Real Madrid are playing Atletico Madrid.

The activists lived inside a concrete tube at Lisbon's Estadio da Luz arena for three days before the stunt against Arctic drilling energy company Gazprom.

Last year Greenpeace campaigners had to be escorted from the pitch during another protest at the 2013 Champions League Final in Switzerland.

Man City: Uefa transfer fine is 'compromise agreement'

Manchester City have defended their action over transfers but said they have accepted Uefa's £49m fine as part of a "compromise agreement" with European football's governing body.

The recently crowned Premier League champions said there had been a "fundamental disagreement" over the interpretation of the Financial Fair Play (FFP) regulations on players bought before 2010.

Manchester City said the new 21 player Champions League limit matched the number the club used in last season's campaign. Credit: Press Association Images

The club statement also played down the implications of Uefa's squad restriction and spending limits that were handed down along with the fine.

City said it had no plans to exceed a £49m net limit on new players this summer and said the "existing MCFC business plan" anticipated a "natural decline" in the club's wage bill.

The club said it only used 21 players in last season's Champions League, so already adhered to the newly enforced limit.


Madrid conference interrupted by anti-Gazprom protest

Real Madrid's news conference ahead of their Champions League game against FC Copenhagen was briefly interrupted on Monday after a Greenpeace anti-Gazprom poster was lowered onto a screen.

The poster, which read "Save the Arctic" and "Show Gazprom the red card" and featured the logo of the environmental protest group, appeared behind Madrid manager Carlo Ancellotti before an official swiftly removed it.

Gazprom are one of the sponsors of Europe's elite club competition.

Swiss club Basel were fined €30,000 (£25,000) by Uefa in October after Greenpeace activists abseiled from the stadium roof and unveiled a banner reading "Gazprom, don't foul the Arctic".

Abseilers descend from Basel stadium roof

At least four abseilers were seen descending from the room of Basel's St Jakob Park stadium with a banner protesting against Arctic oil drilling by Russian energy firm Gazprom.

At least four Greenpeace abseilers accompanied the banner. Credit: Reuters

Schalke, the German team playing against Basel, display the Gazprom sponsor on the chest of their playing shirts.

Schalke's Marco Hoeger (right) jumps with Basel's Taulant Xhaka before the match was disrupted. Credit: Reuters

Greenpeace protest disrupts Champions League match

The banner objected to Gazprom's Arctic oil drilling. Credit: Reuters

A Greenpeace protest has halted a Champions League match between Basel and Schalke in Switzerland.

Protesters abseiled from the roof of the St. Jakob Park stadium and unveiled a banner aimed at Russian energy firm Gazprom, which sponsors the tournament.

British clubs learn Champions League opponents

Chelsea were the last British winners of the Champions League in 2012. Credit: DPA

Five British clubs have learned of their Champions League group stage opponents.

Group A: Manchester United, Shakhtar Donetsk, Bayer Leverkusen, Real Sociedad

Group D: Bayern Munich, CSKA Moscow, Manchester City, Viktoria Plzen

Group E: Chelsea, Schalke, Basel, Steaua Bucharest

Group F: Arsenal, Marseille, Borussia Dortmund, Napoli

Group H: Barcelona, AC Milan, Ajax, Celtic

See the full draw at ITV Football

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