Celtic replace Sion in Europa League

Sion disqualified by UEFA after using ineligible players

Celtic replaces Sion in the Europa League(Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Celtic replaces Sion in the Europa League
(Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Atlético Madrid were scheduled to face off against FC Sion to open their Europa League group play, but the Swiss club have been replaced.

Celtic FC will now be our first opponent on the 15th of September.

The Scots join Atleti’s Group I, which also contains Italian side Udinese and Rennes from France.

With a big name like Celtic, our group has now been labelled the “Group of Death”, although it’s debatable whether the Bhoys are actually a better side than their qualifying round opponents.

After holding Celtic to a goalless draw in Glasgow, Sion beat them 3-1 in Switzerland.

Celtic submitted a formal complaint after the match, arguing against the validity of their play-off ties with Sion.

The club argued Sion had breached their two-year transfer embargo by using players signed this summer.

Sion received a transfer ban in April 2009 after illegally signing Essam El Hadary, but thought the ban had ended after last season.

According to the UEFA though, the ruling lasts until the end of 2011 and as a result the Control and Disciplinary Body of the European football association has ruled in Celtic’s favour.

Both ties of the qualifier have now been awarded to Celtic by forfeit (3-0).

Atlético have already played two qualifying rounds in the Europa League, but the tournament will really kick off on 15th of September, when we host Celtic at the Vicente Calderón.


  • Raed Shalak Valbuena

    OMG … this is a Champions League group 😛

  • 92

    I would’ve like than Sion would not have been replaced with Celtic, because Sion deserves to play the Europa League by winning the Swiss Cup, and they are a humble team that need the money that qualifying to the EL group stages allows you to earn more than Celtic, who are the second-raters in Scotland, and haven’t acomplished anything important yet, so why not giving Sion a chance they won deservedly. Crybaby Celtic. Although playing in Celtic Park would be one most astonishing things ever, but I’d rather like to see Atleti facing Sion instead of Celtic.

  • Mark

    Celtic are a terrible team and a horrible club. Both games against them should be over by halftime, well, depending on what Atleti turns up.

    An easy 6 points and a game not too far from home. Suppose i can complain too much about this.

  • Joel

    The Bhoys are hoping they are taken lightly. Second chances don’t come often, and don’t expect them to throw it away. Atletico’s recent success especially in 2010 (UEFA Super Cup/UEFA Europa League Winners) is respectable, but currently 7th in La Liga isn’t scaring anyone.

  • k14

    Sion > Celtic.

    So this is better for us.

  • Yon

    Being from Scotland and being a Rangers and Atleti fan, this makes me very very happy 🙂 Can’t wait to smash them! Anyone know how i can get tickets for the away end when Atleti come to Glasgow? Looked on the Atletico website but can only see how to get home game tickets and the telephone operators at Celtic Park said to contact the away club :S

  • DJ_ZA

    What a lucky break for Celtic (and a reprieve for Scottish football). Sion only have themselves to blame… rules are rules.
    @Mark + k14, while I know Scottish football has sunk faster than the Titanic, I wouldn’t write them off so easily. And yes, I know, the past doesn’t have anything to with the present but Celtic were UEFA runners up a few years ago (2003?). So, rather pay them some respect …….. and then beat them 4-0.

    @ Raed, yeah it does kinda read like a CL group (not a great one though)

    PS. On subjects Scottish, did anyone else see the “Scottish model” article about a week ago?
    http://spanishfootballsports.blogspot.com/2011/08/spanish-football-scottish-model.html

    Makes an interesting (albeit unlikely) read

  • palc

    @ Yon.

    Contact this Atletico representative: [email protected]

  • Yon

    @ palc

    Excellent thanks 🙂
    I will email tomorrow when im bored at work!