A very special 4 minutes

In a public relations coup which would make our own FFA envious, UEFA recently forced Legia Warsaw out of the Champions League after they fielded an ineligible player in their third round qualifying tie with Celtic.

I guess that’s what sports associations do – although the reason for Bartosz Bereszynski to be ineligible was a little odd – but it does look a trifle silly when you hear that he played the last 4 minutes of the 180 in a two-leg tie, entering with Legia leading 2-0 on the night and 6-1 on aggregate. You have to wonder if Legia would have lost the tie in those last 4 minutes had they instead fielded a lesser-skilled eligible player, or a player from their reserves, the physio, a half-drunk fan, no-one at all, or withdrawn another few players for good measure.

A solid head clash is the first step towards generating player eligibility rules.

A solid head clash is the first step towards generating player eligibility rules.

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