Bhoys appeal rejected
By Steve Luckings
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
The Celtic Park number one was dismissed after an incident in the players' tunnel as the teams left the pitch at half-time.
Douglas and Barcelona midfielder Thiago Motta were sent off by referee Wolfgang Stark ahead of the second period of the game which The Bhoys won 1-0.
Celtic manager Martin O'Neill was hoping the appeal would be successful to allow the Scotland international to play in the crucial second leg at the Camp Nou.
But the European governing body have dashed those hopes with their decision, which means teenager David Marshall is set to play in goal against the Spanish giants after featuring as a replacement for Douglas in the first leg.
A statement on Uefa's website read: "Celtic goalkeeper Robert Douglas and Barcelona midfield player Thiago Motta will both miss the Uefa Cup fourth round return leg at the Camp Nou this Thursday because of suspension.
"Uefa's control and disciplinary body handed the pair one-match bans after they were sent off during Celtic's 1-0 first-leg victory on March 11.
"Their dismissals followed an incident in the tunnel as the two teams made their way to the dressing rooms at half-time.
"Celtic had appealed against Douglas's sending-off but this was dismissed by the control and disciplinary body."
A statement on Celtic's website said the club are not giving up hope just yet: "The club is currently considering its position in relation to this matter."
However, Uefa have announced they will not continue their investigation into Celtic stopper Bobo Balde's part in the fracas.
"However, Uefa will not be continuing their investigation into Celtic defender Dianbobo Balde's part in the tunnel incident."
The fact Balde will face no further punishment is of little consequence as he is already suspended after picking up a booking in the first leg, while the Catalunya outfit are without influential Argentine star Javier Saviola who also received his marching orders in the encounter in Glasgow.