KEIR RADNEDGE REPORTS: The Russian football federation wants the international ban on its national team and clubs lifted until its appeal against FIFA and UEFA has been judged by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

CAS has registered appeals by the Russians against the suspensions imposed jointly by the world and European governing bodies and which, effectively, expelled them from the current World Cup qualifying playoffs.

Uncertainty over the current military and political crisis has already led FIFA to postpone Ukraine’s World Cup playoff against Scotland.

CAS statement:

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) registered earlier today the appeals filed by the Football Union of Russia (FUR) against the decisions taken on 28 February 2022 by the Bureau of the FIFA Council (the FIFA appeal) and the UEFA Executive Committee (the UEFA appeal) (collectively, the Challenged Decisions) to suspend all Russian teams and clubs from participation in their respective competitions until further notice.
The FIFA appeal has been filed against 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.
The UEFA appeal has been filed against UEFA, the Hellenic Football Federation, the Belarus Football
Federation, the Danish Football Association, the Luxembourgish Football Association, the Austrian
Football Association, the Malta Football Association, the Portuguese Football Federation, the English
Football Association, the Spanish Football Association, the Irish Football Association and the French
Football Association.
In its appeals, the FUR requests CAS to set aside the Challenged Decisions and to reinstate all Russian
teams and clubs for participation in FIFA and UEFA competitions. Together with each statement of
appeal, the FUR has also filed a request to stay the execution of each challenged decision.
The CAS Court Office has initiated two separate arbitration procedures and, in accordance with the Code
of Sports-related Arbitration (the arbitration rules governing CAS procedures), will seek the position of
the respondent parties with respect to the FUR’s requests to stay the execution of the Challenged
Decisions and as to the organization and planning of each arbitration procedure.
The CAS anticipates being able to share further information on the proceedings through a media release
in a few days’ time, once a decision has been issued with respect to the requests for a stay