The Russian Football Union has come out to say that it will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to appeal against its ban from international competitions after the country invades Ukraine. Fifa and Uefa on Monday placed a ban on Russian football clubs and national teams following the country’s invasion of Ukraine “until further notice.”
Russia to take Fifa and Uefa to Court over Suspension
The union said it would file one lawsuit against football’s world and European governing bodies, demanding their men’s and women’s national teams be allowed to compete. They want its national teams reinstated to play their men’s World Cup play-off matches next month and the women’s team once again included in this summer’s Euro 2022 competition in England.
The union also said it could ask for the suspension of competitions they were originally scheduled to compete in if unsuccessful. In their statement, it reads: “If Fifa and Uefa refuse such a procedure, a requirement will be put forward for the introduction of interim measures in the form of suspension of Fifa and Uefa decisions, as well as competitions in which Russian teams were supposed to participate,” Russian football authorities said.
Spartak Moscow a club in front of the country was also kicked out of the Europa League and their last-16 opponents RB Leipzig will advance to the quarter-finals. In their opinion in a statement from their football authorities, they said they “believe that Fifa and Uefa did not have a legal basis when deciding on the removal of Russian teams”.
“The Russian Football Union was also not given the right to present its position, which violated the fundamental right to defense,” the statement continued.
“In addition, when making decisions, Fifa and Uefa did not take into account other possible options for action, except for the complete exclusion of participants from the competition from Russia.”
Russia says it “will insist on an expedited procedure for considering the case” to “ensure the possibility of the participation of their teams in the next scheduled matches” Their men’s national team was to face Poland in a World Cup play-off semi-final on 24 March.
The 2022 Champions League final, which was originally due to be played in St Petersburg on 28 May, has also been moved to Paris.