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CAS upholds UEFA ban on Russian teams

Football Union of Russia wanted ban stayed for duration of CAS proceedings

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld a ban on Russian teams participating in UEFA competitions, which was introduced following the invasion of Ukraine.

A CAS statement said the president of the appeals arbitration division of CAS had “denied the request filed by the Football Union of Russia (FUR) to stay, for the duration of the CAS proceedings, the execution of the UEFA Executive Committee’s decision to suspend all Russian teams and clubs from its competitions until further notice”

It added: “Russian teams and clubs continue to be suspended from participation in UEFA competitions.”

Meanwhile, a CAS decision on the FUR’s request to suspend a ban on participation in FIFA competition is expected before the end of this week.

The statement said: “The CAS arbitration proceedings continue. The parties did not agree to an expedited procedure and a hearing has not yet been fixed.

“In the arbitration proceedings brought by the FUR against the FIFA Council’s decisions: 1) to suspend all Russian teams and clubs from participation in its competitions until further notice, and 2) to give a “bye” to the team of Poland to the final of “Path B” of the European play-offs for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, due to take place on 29 March 2022, the CAS decisions on the FUR’s requests to stay the execution of the FIFA decisions for the duration of the CAS proceedings are likely to be issued at the end of this week.

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