After a few days marked by the vetoes of different world sports entities, after the military invasion in Ukraine, The Russian Football Federation announced this Thursday that it will present an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (TAS) against the sanctions that Fifa and Uefa imposed on its team and clubs.
This Monday, the two entities excluded their national team from the World Cup and their teams from European tournaments. That point is the one that seeks to reverse its claim in the last instance of sports justice.
Russia wants to go to the World Cup
In the initial plans, Russia was initially due to face Poland on March 24 in Moscow, in the semifinals of their play-off for the World Cup. After the exclusion of Fifa, that match would have been won by the Polish team. Hence this Thursdaythe Russian Football Federation will announce that it will request in its appeal to the CAS that all men’s and women’s national teams return to all competitions.
As reported by the body that governs Russian football, they will also request an “accelerated procedure” on their case, given the proximity of the date initially scheduled for the duel against Poland. The controversial thing is that the Polish Federation has insisted that it will not play against the Russians under any pretext. In addition, Sweden and the Czech Republic, the possible rivals in a play-off final, share the Polish position and also refuse to play against the Russians.
Those responsible for Russian football estimate that Fifa and Uefa acted “without a legal basis” to decree their veto and that they made the decision “under pressure” from rival football federations, such as the Polish one. They also regretted not having been able to explain their point of view to both organizations.
On Monday, the Russian Football Federation had already denounced the “discriminatory” effects of the decision “for a large number of athletes, coaches, club or national team employees.”
The 2022 World Cup, the great sporting event of the year, will be held from November 21 to December 18 in Qatar. Russia was the host country for the previous edition of that event, held in 2018.
And the Winter Paralympics?
The Russian Sports Minister, Oleg Matytsin, announced a resource similar to that of football so that Russia can be in the Paralympic Games, from which they were excluded this morning and whose opening ceremony is held on Friday.
This Thursday, the TAS indicated to the Agence France Presse (AFP) that it had not yet received any Russian appeal. If these appeals are well presented, the courts will have an extremely sensitive issue in their hands, since a victory for the Russian position would be the first victory for that country after several days of vetoes and suspensions.
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