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.