The Football Union of Russia is asking CAS to lift bans from FIFA and UEFA

The Russian Football Union appealed to freeze its FIFA and UEFA bans and lift other penalties. Russian teams were banned from the competition “until further notice” on February 28 after the country invaded Ukraine.

Court of Arbitration for Sport receives Russia's appeal against FIFA and UEFA bans (AFP Photo)

Court of Arbitration for Sport receives Russia’s appeal against FIFA and UEFA bans (AFP Photo)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has received an appeal from Russia
  • Russia has been banned from international football competitions by FIFA and UEFA
  • RFU said the ban violated fundamental rights, fair play and principles

Russia has filed an expedited trial with the Court of Arbitration of Sport (CAS) against bans imposed by FIFA and UEFA on international competitions over the country’s invasion of Ukraine. The Court of Arbitration for Sport hopes to rule on the appeals in the coming days.

Russia’s men’s national team was scheduled to take on Poland in a World Cup qualifying playoff on March 24. Poland has refused to play against Russia in the game. The winner of that match would have played the winner of the match between Sweden and the Czech Republic in the next round, but they also refused to play the Russians.

CAS said the Russian appeals against FIFA and UEFA also affect the Polish, Swedish and Czech football associations, as well as several other national associations in Europe.

“The Football Union of Russia will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne against the decision of FIFA and UEFA to ban the Russian national teams from participating in international competitions,” the RFU said in a statement last Thursday.

“As part of a single lawsuit against two organizations, the RFU will seek the reinstatement of all men’s and women’s national teams of Russia in all types of football in the tournaments they participated in (including the qualifying round of the World Cup in Qatar) and damages, if any, be installed .

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