Russian football chiefs appeal FIFA and UEFA bans – Reuters News in France and abroad

The Russian Football Union wants its men’s and women’s national teams to be reinstated in international competitions

The Russian Football Union (RFU) has appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in response to the decision by global and European governing bodies FIFA and UEFA to ban all Russian teams to participate in international competitions.

CAS confirmed that the RFU’s appeal was filed on Tuesday afternoon against the governing bodies and football associations of countries that refused to compete against Russian teams.

This includes the Polish, Swedish and Czech FAs, who have all expressed their opposition to facing the Russian men’s national team in a Qatar 2022 World Cup semi-final in Moscow on March 24, and a potential final also in the Russian capital five days later, due to the Russian military operation in Ukraine.

FIFA and UEFA followed a recommendation from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) last week by rapidly banning Russian teams from international competitions.

In addition to the men’s national team missing out on the chance to reach the World Cup, Spartak Moscow were kicked out of the Europa League Round of 16 and the women’s national team were kicked out of Euro 2022 in England in July.

The RFU wants its teams to return to FIFA and UEFA competitions and said it would file an appeal last Thursday.

“The RFU will demand the restoration of all Russian men’s and women’s national teams in all types of football in the tournaments in which they have participated (including the World Cup qualifying round in Qatar), as well as the compensation for damages, he swore.

“In order to ensure the possibility of the participation of Russian teams in the next scheduled matches, the RFU will insist on an accelerated procedure for examining the case”, the RFU continued.

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“If FIFA and UEFA refuse such a procedure, a requirement will be made for the introduction of interim measures in the form of suspension of the decisions of FIFA and UEFA,” he added. the federation ended.

As well as seeing its national teams and clubs banned from international competitions, Russia also lost this season’s Champions League final on May 28, which was moved from St Petersburg to Paris.

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Russian football chiefs appeal FIFA and UEFA bans – Reuters News in France and abroad