UEFA has rejected claims that Midtjylland could be excluded from the Champions League for fielding an ineligible player against Celtic.
It emerged on Monday that defender Juninho, who played in both legs against the Hoops, had postponed an eight-game global suspension since his stint at Palmeiras.
There were immediate concerns that this would torpedo their Champions League campaign and lead Ange Postecoglou’s side, who lost to the Danes in the second qualifying round, to advance in their place.
However, Midtjylland were reassured by UEFA that they were only informed of the suspension on Monday – five days after the return leg at Herring.
And that means Midtjylland is off the hook because they had a way of knowing he wasn’t eligible until then.
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The suspension takes effect from August 2.
A UEFA spokesperson said: “In accordance with Article 66 of the FIFA Disciplinary Code (2019 edition), any decision on the extension of sanctions to have global effect falls within the exclusive competence of the authorities. competent FIFA disciplinary officers.
“We can confirm that UEFA was informed by Fifa on August 2 of its decision taken on the same day in this matter, i.e. after the UEFA Champions League second qualifying round match between FC Midtjylland and Celtic FC. “
And it came after Midtjylland sporting director Svend Graversen himself dismissed the allegations.
“Of course he was eligible,” he said. “It has been confirmed that it will apply from now on and for the next six matches.
“We found out. It’s no surprise to us.
“We are sorry for the result and the fact that it is happening at this point. We need to look at this and see if we can appeal this decision.”
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