UEFA have upheld the suspension of Swiss side FC Sion confirming that Celtic will take on Atletico Madrid on Thursday night.
Sion were excluded from the Europa League after beating Celtic 3-1 on aggregate in the final qualification round due to fielding ineligible players who were signed during a FIFA imposed transfer embargo.
Neil Lennon’s side are currently preparing in the Spanish capital but Sion president Christian Constantin claims his side will travel to Spain ahead of the game as well though UEFA have confirmed Celtic are to join Atletico, Udinese and Rennes in the group.
Celtic confirmed the ruling that the “UEFA Appeals Body today rejected FC Sion’s appeal against their expulsion from the group stages of this season’s Europa League.”
“Clearly, Celtic are pleased with the decision”, the statement continued.
UEFA’s rejection of Sion’s appeal comes after a civil court in Switzerland urged the governing authority to reinstate Sion to the competition.
The club released a statement through their official site this morning which said: “The civil court has this morning ordered UEFA to admit FC Sion as a participant in the 2011-12 Europa League and to take all the measures necessary to include them in Group I of the UEFA Europa League for which FC Sion have qualified.”