The Scottish Football Association have promised Celtic that they will support them in their appeal to be reinstated in the Europa League. The Hoops lost 3-1 on aggregate to FC Sion in their play-off tie however the Swiss side breached the laws of their transfer embargo and signed five players that should not have, resulting in the possibility of Celtic replacing them in the European competition.
Uefa president Michel Platini has acknowledged Sion’s breach of rules and is set to remove the club from the competition and the Scottish A have revealed they are ready to support Celtic.
“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 out with our remit.”