Sion pre­par­ing to go to Spain for group opener

Midweek Sport - - TV GUIDE - By ANGUS REID

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

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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.

Vi­o­la­tion

“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.

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(left) IN LIMBO: Celtic boss Neil Len­non is still not sure whether his side will be play­ing Atletico Madrid

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