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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissed Russia’s appeals against FIFA and UEFA bans in a verdict issued on Friday

Football officials in Russia have said they will continue to fight despite their appeal against a ban on FIFA and UEFA being rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Switzerland.

CAS announced on Friday that it had rejected claims by the Russian Football Union (RFU) and a quartet of Russian clubs, which had argued that the suspensions imposed by FIFA and UEFA were unfair.

The decision means that Russian national and club teams of all levels and types will continue to be barred from participating in FIFA and UEFA competitions.

“The RFU categorically disagrees with the CAS decision and reserves the right to continue to protect its own interests,” read a statement from Russian football bosses shared by Match TV.

“The union awaits the full text of the CAS decision, after analysis of which a decision will be made on the actions to be taken.

“Possible options include, among others, an appeal to the Supreme Court of Switzerland, as well as filing claims with the CAS regarding compensation for financial losses suffered by the RFU as a result of the actions of UEFA and the FIFA.”

Explaining its verdict, CAS said it was “unfortunate” that Russian footballers and teams had been affected by a situation beyond their control.

However, he argued that UEFA and FIFA were within their rights to impose bans due to “the need for a safe and orderly conduct of football events for the rest of the world.”

European and world football governing bodies initially announced the suspension of Russian teams on February 28 after the start of Moscow’s military operation in Ukraine.

The decision followed a recommendation by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that Russian teams and athletes should not be invited to competitions where possible.

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In terms of football, the ban prevented the Russian men’s team from attempting to qualify for the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar, while the Russian women’s team was expelled from the UEFA European Championships this summer in England.

Saint Petersburg was also deprived of last season’s UEFA Champions League final, which was moved to Paris instead.

UEFA announced in early May that its ban on Russian teams would extend to at least the 2022/23 season.


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