The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has denied an appeal by Russia to temporarily lift a suspension against their national teams and clubs from UEFA competitions.
The Football Union of Russia had hoped to lift the suspension to allow their teams to compete, prior to a final decision by CAS against UEFA and FIFA’s ban. Had CAS allowed the request, Russian sides would have been reinstated.
This would have allowed Russia’s men’s national side to participate in a qualification playoff for the World Cup later this year.
Both the world and European soccer governing bodies decided that Russian teams would be banned from competitions until further notice after Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine and the Russian Soccer Union (RFU) appealed to CAS.
The CAS said in a statement: “The president of the appeals arbitration division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has 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.
“Consequently, the challenged decision remains in force and all Russian teams and clubs continue to be suspended from participation in UEFA competitions.”