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CAS dismisses appeals by Russian FA and clubs against FIFA, UEFA bans

2021 General view of Russia players during training REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday dismissed appeals filed by the Russian soccer federation and four Russian clubs against FIFA and UEFA's decision to ban them from all competition until further notice following the country's invasion of Ukraine.

In February, the International Governing body for Football, FIFA, and European soccer's governing body, UEFA, decided that all Russian teams, whether national or club sides, would be suspended from participation in FIFA and UEFA competitions.

This followed the invasion of Ukraine, which Moscow calls a "special military operation."

In March, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected a request from the Russian soccer federation to freeze FIFA's suspension, effectively ending its hopes of competing at the World Cup in Qatar.

Later in May, Russian Premier League clubs Zenit St Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow, FC Sochi, and CSKA Moscow filed an appeal against UEFA.

"In all of these cases, the Panel determined that the escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, and the public and government responses worldwide, created unforeseen and unprecedented circumstances to which FIFA and UEFA had to respond," CAS said in a statement.

"In determining that Russian teams and clubs should not participate in competitions under their aegis while such circumstances persisted, the Panel held that both parties acted within the scope of the discretion granted to them under their respective statutes and regulations."

After FIFA and UEFA's decision, several national soccer associations also announced that they would not play against Russia in the wake of its invasion of Ukraine, including those of Poland, Sweden, and the Czech Republic.



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