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The Court of Arbitration for Sport dismissed Russian appeals against sanctions from Fifa and Uefa

The Russian football federation (FUR) and some of its clubs have been denied appeals against international and European football bans.

As a result of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the state’s clubs and national team were excluded from all tournaments by Fifa and Uefa in February. Six appeals were filed against the verdict, but the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) rejected them all. The FUR asserts that it may now file an appeal with the Swiss Federal Supreme Court.

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On July 5 and 11, Cas video conferenced with the parties involved for hearings.

As per a statement released by Cas, the panel decided that the deepening of the war between Russia and Ukraine, as well as the global public and political responses, generated unanticipated circumstances to which Uefa and Fifa had to respond.

The report also mentioned that in determining that Russian clubs and teams should not participate in competitions under their auspices as long as such circumstances persisted, the panel decided that both parties functioned only within the scope of their discretion respective statutes and regulations.

In April, Russia withdrew its appeal against Fifa’s suspension of the nation from the 2022 World Cup. The FUR appealed against Fifa and Uefa, while Zenit St. Petersburg, Sochi, Dynamo Moscow, and CSKA Moscow appealed against Uefa.

The Cas statement discussed that the panel deemed it superfluous to characterize the nature of the threat involving Russia and Ukraine and instead focused on the repercussions of such a conflict on the affected competitions.”

The panel regrets that the existing military operations in Ukraine, in which Russian football teams, players, and clubs bear no responsibility, had such a negative impact on them and Russian football in general as a result of the decisions of Fifa and Uefa, but these effects were outweighed by the need for the safe and orderly conduct of football events for the rest in the panel’s opinion.

What’s to Come Next?

The FUR stated that it seriously disagrees with the Cas panel’s verdict and that a decision on additional proceedings will be taken after reviewing the Cas panel’s choices’ justifications.

In addition, the FUR may appeal to the Federal Supreme Court of Switzerland to file claims with Cas for reimbursement for financial losses sustained due to Uefa and Fifa’s activities.

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