Legia Warsaw sack admin Marta Ostrowska for Champions League balls-up


Marta_OstrowskaThe fallout from Legia Warsaw’s administrative balls-up continued this week as the Polish champions sacked Marta Ostrowska according to reports in Poland.

The club identified Ostrowska as the official responsible for the ‘clerical error’ that saw the club forfeit the second leg Champions League qualifier against Celtic at Murrayfield, which they had won 2-0 and 6-1 on aggregate.

Bartosz Bereszynski was still suspended when Norwegian manager Henning Berg brought the player on four minutes from time, but despite having no major say in the outcome of the game UEFA ruled that Legia were in breach of their rules for fielding an ineligible player and subsequently were handed a 3-0 defeat, seeing Celtic progress on away goals.

Following the news that Marta Ostrowska was the administrator responsible, the Pole was the victim of death threats from disgruntled Legia Warsaw fans and was told by Police to leave the Polish capital for her own safety.

Three other administrative staff have been suspended pending further investigations.

This ‘clerical error’ cost Legia around £20 million worth of revenue, if they had managed to beat NK Maribor to reach the group stages of the UEFA Champions League.

Celtic, who were given a reprieve thanks to Legia’s error, drew 1-1 away from home against NK Maribor on Wednesday night and will go into next week’s tie with one foot in the group stages thanks to the all important away goal.


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