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Celtic back in Europa League

2 September 2011, 22:17:52

Celtic have been given their place back in the Europa League subject to appeal after UEFA upheld their protest against FC Sion. The Swiss club were charged by UEFA of fielding ineligible players in both Europa League play-off ties against the Hoops and the two European games were played under protest by Celtic.

FC Sion were initially drawn against Atletico Madrid, Udinese and Rennes in the group stages of the Europa League. Celtic will now take the Swiss side's place in the competition, subject to an appeal.

A Celtic's spokesperson said: "We have been advised by UEFA that the two protests relating to the matches against FC Sion have been upheld, as a result of which each match has been forfeited in favour of Celtic."

Celtic will therefore take Sion's place in Group I, which also includes Rennes, Atletico Madrid and Udinese.

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