LAUSANNE: The Court of Arbitration for Sport has announced that Russia’s football federation has withdrawn one of its appeals against the World Cup suspension imposed by FIFA after the country’s invasion of Ukraine.
Russia had qualified to face Poland in a play-off semi-final but the issue became academic after the Poles were granted a bye to face Sweden and duly won to claim a place in the finals in Qatar.
However Russia sports bodies will continue to challenge bans from other sporting competitions. These include UEFA’s ban on Russian sides from European club tournaments, such as Spartak Moscow’s ejection from the Europa League.
UEFA after also barred Russia from competing in the Women’s Euro in England this summer after various countries said they would refuse to compete against Russian opposition.
The 2022 Champions League final, originally due to be played in St Petersburg on 28 May, has also been moved to Paris.
Russia has also filed appeals seeking the annulment of its bans from international gymnastics, rugby, rowing, and skating events.