Russian Football Federation appeals against FIFA and UEFA bans
The Russian Football Union (RFU) has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against decisions by Fifa and UEFA to ban Russian teams from participating in international competitions following the invasion of Russia. Ukraine by country.
CAS has confirmed an appeal has been lodged with the RFU in hopes of returning to FIFA and UEFA competitions.
Russian football clubs and national teams were suspended on February 28 from all competitions “until further notice” by FIFA and UEFA.
“The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) recorded earlier today the appeals filed by the Russian Football Union (FUR) against the decisions taken on February 28, 2022 by the Bureau of the FIFA Council (the appeal of the FIFA) and the UEFA Executive Committee (UEFA’s appeal) (collectively, the contested decisions) to suspend the participation of all Russian teams and clubs in their respective competitions until further notice,” said CAS said in a statement.
The Russian men’s national team was scheduled to face Poland on March 24 in the World Cup qualifiers. Poland refused to face Russia in the match. The winner of this match would have played the winner of the game between Sweden and the Czech Republic in the next round, but they also refused to play against the Russians.
CAS said on Tuesday that the Russian appeals against FIFA and UEFA also implicated the Polish, Swedish and Czech football federations, as well as several other national federations in Europe.
“The appeal was filed against the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Polish Football Association, the Swedish Football Association, the Czech Football Association , the Football Association of Montenegro and the Malta Football Association. ,” It said.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport also said that the FUR had requested the annulment of the disputed decisions and the reinstatement of all Russian teams and clubs for participation in FIFA and UEFA competitions, adding that it hoped to rule on calls in the next few days.
“In its appeals, the FUR asks the CAS to overturn the contested decisions and to reinstate all Russian teams and clubs to participate in FIFA and UEFA competitions. With each statement of appeal, the FUR has also filed a request for a stay of execution of each challenged decision,” the CAS said.
“The CAS Registry has initiated two separate arbitration proceedings and, in accordance with the Code of Arbitration for Sport (the arbitration rules governing CAS proceedings), will seek the position of the Respondents regarding the claims of the to stay the execution of the Contested Decisions and as to the organization and planning of each arbitration proceeding.
CAS expects to be able to share further information about the proceedings through a press release in a few days, once a decision has been issued on the stay requests,” he added.
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