banned from sport, Russia announces its response

Russia has been banned from world sport and has launched its response, promising remedies to reintegrate the World Cup and the Paralympic Games, which start on Friday.

Will there be another turnaround in Beijing, where Russians and Belarusians were admitted and then excluded in less than 24 hours, in response to the invasion of Ukraine? Will the qualifying play-offs for the 2022 World Cup, at the end of March, be played well, as instructed by FIFA, without Russia, which hosted the last World Cup? Moscow’s sports authorities say their determination to enforce these sanctions as “discriminatoryand unfair to their athletes. In a press release, the Russian Football Association announced that it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against its exclusion from the World Cup and all international competitions, decided jointly by FIFA and UEFA on 28 February. European football associations. The Two Bodies”did not rely on a legal basis to exclude Russian teams. This decision violates the fundamental rights of the Russian Federation“, the latter indignantly, given that the decision has been made”under pressure from his direct opponentsespecially Poland.

Indeed, the Polish federation has multiplied the announcements to confirm that under no circumstances would Poland play against Russia in the March 24 play-offs, the qualifiers for the World Cup in Qatar, which is scheduled from November 21 to December 18, 2022. position of his Swedish and Czech counterparts, potential opponents of the Russians in the next round. †The Russian Federation was also not given the right to explain its position, which is contrary to the fundamental right of defence“, also proposes the Moscow authority, which for a “accelerated review“. An accelerated investigation that the CAS does not have to grant, nor is it necessary to freeze the decisions taken pending a decision on the merits. Russian Sports Minister Oleg Matytsin, for his part, announced a similar call to Russia recover in the Winter Paralympics. He hopes to get a decision’for the opening ceremony“, scheduled for Friday at noon in Europe.

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The central role of CAS

Late on Thursday afternoon, the CAS informed AFP that it had not yet received a Russian appeal. If properly filed, the targeted courts will have a highly sensitive dossier in their hands: a reinstatement of Russian athletes and squads would be Russia’s first victory after several days of general banishment. On the contrary, enforcement of these sanctions would undoubtedly set a precedent in a sports world that has often been reluctant to venture into the political arena. To justify their decisions, UEFA and FIFA simply pointed out that “the Office of the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee“goods”the highest decision-making bodies of these two organizations when it comes to urgent matters

For now it will stay that way and we are waiting for peace.

Alexander Ceferin

Asked at a football forum in London hosted by the Financial Times on Thursday, UEFA president Aleksander Ceferin said he did not know when Russia and Russian clubs could be allowed back into European competitions. †At the moment it is impossible to sayhe argued.Our decision at the time was the only right decision, a unanimous decision for the UEFA Executive Committee members. Nobody knows what will happen tomorrow. I can’t answer you. For now it will stay that way and we are waiting for peace.UEFA also announced on Thursday that Belarusian teams must play their European home games at a neutral venue. For the time being, FIFA has not yet issued any measures against Belarus. Between canceled competitions, non-grate athletes and teams, broken sponsorship contracts, Russia has been the target of a wave of sanctions from the sports world in recent days.