The Arbitral Tribunal dismisses Russian appeals against FIFA and UEFA

Lausanne-Switzerland: on Friday the Arbitration Court of Sport rejected the appeals of the Russian Football Association and four club Russians against the decision of the International Federation (FIFA) and the European Union (UEFA) to exclude them from all tournaments until further notice following the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Last February, the International and European Federations decided to ban all Russian teams (at the level of club and team) to participate in all competitions of the two federations after the Russian invasion, which Moscow considers a “special military operation” in Ukraine. In March, the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the Russian Football Association’s request to freeze the FIFA decision, which effectively banned Russia from participating in the 2022 World Cup. in Qatar. In May, four club Russians – Zenit St. Petersburg, Dynamo Moscow, Sochi and CSKA Moscow – have appealed for the cancellation of UEFA’s decision to exclude them from the tournaments. The court held that the international and European football federations did not exceed their powers in related to the decision to ban Russian teams in light of the escalation of the conflict between Russia and Ukraine, “which has caused the emergence of unprecedented and unknown conditions that FIFA and UEFA have had to respond to”. (Reuters)