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SFA back Celtic's pursuit of Europa League

The Scottish Football Association will back Celtic's attempt to get themselves back into the Europa League because of a transfer technicality. The Glasgow giants lost 3-1 to FC Sion in their two-legged group stage play-off last Thursday but it has come to attention that the Swiss club used five players who are deemed to be ineligible by FIFA because of a transfer embargo.

Celtic have called to be reinstated in the competition and the SFA have made it clear that they will do what they can to assist the Hoops following their complaint to Uefa.

"Celtic made contact with the SFA, as any member club would do, and the SFA have been backing Celtic," said president Campbell Ogilvie.

"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 nature of football now, with regulations and legalities, means it is quite a complex issue. I haven't been involved in the detail of it but it is quite evident that there are a lot of legal issues being addressed, but these will be heard this week I believe.

"The decision is for Uefa but if someone has breached regulations and has been proved to have breached regulations, then obviously a sanction should be taken, but that's obviously outwith our remit."

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