Sion preparing to go to Spain for group opener
CELTIC’S Europa League spot is STILL under threat after Sion vowed to continue their fight to be reinstated.
The Swiss side revealed they had launched an appeal against their expulsion and say they will be in Madrid for their Group I opener against Atletico – leaving Hoops boss Neil Lennon in limbo.
Sion have appealed to UEFAand the Swiss civil court, describing the decision to kick them out of the competition as “pure revenge” against controversial president Christian Constantin.
He has vowed to take his team to Madrid for the group opener against Atletico next Thursday despite Celtic being reinstated at their expense.
Protests from Celtic over Sion playing
ineligible players in the Swiss side’s 3-1 aggregate were upheld, but it’s still uncertain who, if anyone, will face Atletico on September 15.
In a statement, a Sion spokesman said: “We yesterday received 12 pages of confused explanations for the acceptance of the protest.
“The decision comes from the three UEFA judges who decided to keep Celtic in the competition.
“It’s a pure revenge against our president.
“FC Sion officially appealed to UEFA on Monday, in order to obtain the cancellation of the protest.
“We remind that Celtic received before its home game an official document from the European federation. It mentioned that players were officially eligible. Sion prepares its travel to Madrid.
“The players and the club are now bringing legal action against UEFA at Swiss civil court.
“Civil court gave the players the right to play that was not respected by the UEFA.
“This is a serious violation of Swiss laws and may result in penal proceedings.”
A UEFA spokesman said they had not yet received any appeal from Sion.
They were handed a transfer embargo for breaching rules over the signing of Essam El-Hadary three years ago but the club and FIFA have different interpretations over the length of the ban.
Sion won a civil court ruling allowing them to field the five affected players in domestic league games.
And the club are adamant UEFA gave them the green light to play them in Europe.
(left) IN LIMBO: Celtic boss Neil Lennon is still not sure whether his side will be playing Atletico Madrid
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