Russia’s request to suspend its ban from competing in the World Cup play-offs has been rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Fifa suspended their national teams from all competitions in February following the country’s invasion of Ukraine. They appealed against the suspension and wanted to be Fifa to allow them to play until the court had heard the full appeal.
Fifa Rejects Russia’s Bid to lift Suspension
Their men’s national team was due to play Poland on 24 March as they attempted to qualify for the World Cup later this year. Poland had previously said they would boycott the game before Fifa’s suspension on the team was made. They have been given a bye to the final on 29 March, where they will play either Sweden or the Czech Republic.
CAS in a statement said: “The challenged decision remains in force and all Russian teams and clubs continue to be suspended from participation in Fifa competitions.” They also said: “The Cas arbitration proceedings continue. No hearing has been fixed yet.” Cas also upheld UEFA’s ban on them taking part in its competitions for the duration of its proceedings earlier this week.