Russia to appeal FIFA and UEFA decision to ban football team from international competitions

The Russian Football Union announced on Thursday that it would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against decisions by FIFA and UEFA to ban Russian national teams from participating in international competitions following the invasion of Ukraine by Moscow.

The union said in a statement it would take legal action against the two governing bodies to demand that Russia’s men’s and women’s national teams be allowed to compete, including in qualifying for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. .

FIFA and UEFA have removed Russia from all matches until ‘football can once again be a vehicle for unity and peace between peoples’ in a joint statement confirming the move, meant to further isolate the sporting situation of the country.

A statement from the RFU on Thursday said: “The Russian Football Union will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Lausanne against the decision taken by FIFA and UEFA to withdraw Russian national teams from participation in international competitions.

“In a unique lawsuit against two organizations, the RFU will demand the reinstatement of all Russian men’s and women’s national teams in all types of football in the tournaments in which they participated (including the qualifying round of the World Cup in Qatar), as well as compensation for damages, if any, will be settled.

The RFU insists that FIFA and UEFA violated fundamental rights, sporting principles and fair play by depriving Russian clubs and national teams of the right to compete.

He urged that a fast-track process be held in his case to allow his clubs and international teams to participate in upcoming fixtures, which included qualifying for the Qatar World Cup later this month.

“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 statement continued.

Russia have been banned from international competition but are appealing the decision

“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, as well as competitions in which Russian teams were supposed to participate. .”

“The RFU believes that FIFA and UEFA had no legal basis to decide on the withdrawal of the Russian teams. It violated the fundamental rights of the RFU as a member of FIFA and UEFA, including the right to participate in competitions.

“Furthermore, the decision to withdraw the national team from qualifying for the 2022 World Cup was taken under pressure from direct play-off rivals, which violated the principle of sport and the rules of fair play.

The RFU believes that FIFA and UEFA did not give them the fundamental right to defend their position, adding: “The Russian Football Union also did not have the right to present its position, which violated the fundamental right to defence.

“Furthermore, when making the decisions, FIFA and UEFA did not take into account other possible options for action, except for the complete exclusion of participants from the Russian competition.

FIFA and UEFA announced earlier this week that Russia were not allowed to compete

FIFA and UEFA announced earlier this week that Russia were not allowed to compete

“Further details of filing an appeal, including when the claim will be considered, will be announced at a later date.”

The Russian men’s national team was due to face Poland in a Qatar 2022 play-off on March 24 – a game Poland said it would boycott – but the Poles have now been granted a bye to the next round qualifying.

The ban also means that Russia will not take part in the Women’s Euro 2022 in England this summer.

The joint statement reads: “Following initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have today jointly decided that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, will have to be suspended from participating in FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice.

Russia, as things stand, will not play at the World Cup but have appealed their ban to CAS

Russia, as things stand, will not play at the World Cup but have appealed their ban to CAS

“These decisions were adopted by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of the two institutions on such urgent matters.

“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with everyone affected in Ukraine.

“Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football can once again be a vehicle for unity and peace among peoples.”

FIFA took its time in expelling Russia from the World Cup and removing them from international competitions and has been called an “absolute disgrace”.

Initially, they were told they were allowed to compete under a different team name without a national flag at a neutral venue.

UEFA have taken further action by banning Spartak Moscow from the Europa League, meaning RB Leipzig qualify for the quarter-finals.

Russia's invasion of Ukraine shows no signs of abating and the situation is deteriorating

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine shows no signs of abating and the situation is deteriorating

The IOC and UEFA decisions have increased pressure on FIFA, which seemed increasingly out of step with European football and the world of sport, following Putin’s ruthless invasion of Ukraine, which began last Thursday. .

In just seven days of fighting, more than 2% of Ukraine’s population has been driven out of the country, according to the count released by the UN refugee agency to The Associated Press.

The mass evacuation could be observed in Kharkiv, a city of around 1.4 million people and the second largest in Ukraine. Residents desperate to escape the falling shells and bombs crowded the city’s station and thronged the trains, not always knowing where they were headed.

At least 227 civilians were killed and 525 others injured during this period, according to the latest figures from the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. He acknowledges that this is a vast undercount, and Ukraine said earlier that more than 2,000 civilians had died. This figure could not be independently verified.

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