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Celtic backed by SFA in Euro row

By Ronnie Esplin

Scottish FA president Campbell Ogilvie has pledged his organisation's backing to Celtic in their quest to be reinstated in the Europa League.

The Parkhead club were beaten 3-1 on aggregate by Sion in the play-offs, but were given hope of a reprieve by Uefa president Michel Platini, who said the Swiss club had “not respected the rules of the transfer ban” by signing five players who are, in the eyes of Fifa, ineligible to play due to a transfer embargo.

Celtic played both games under protest and Uefa's control and disciplinary body is set to make a ruling on the case today, although that has yet to be confirmed.

Ogilvie, in Glasgow to help make the draw for the first round of The William Hill Scottish Cup along with Hoops skipper Scott Brown, confirmed that Celtic had sought and received help from the SFA.

“Celtic made contact with the SFA, as any member club would do and the SFA have been backing Celtic,” he said.

“The case is being heard this week and as a governing body we would always back one of our clubs in one of these cases.

“If there is a breach of rules then Uefa will certainly take whatever sanctions necessary, but the SFA would certainly back a member club in this case.”

The time of the control and disciplinary body meeting has yet to be confirmed, but even if the ruling does take place today, it likely to be next week at least before the issue is finally resolved. However, with the group games set to start on September 15, there is an obvious rush to reach a decision.

A Uefa spokesman said: “There is the ability to appeal and a club is given three days from the time they get the full written decision.”

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