Following the sanctions applied by UEFA and FIFA, in which the Russian national team and clubs were suspended from all international competitions, the Russian Football Federation (RFU) announced, this Thursday, in a press release, that She will appeal to the Sports Arbitration Court (TAS).
“In a single lawsuit against both organizations, the RFU will demand the reinstatement of all Russian men’s and women’s national teams in all competitions in which they participated (including the World Cup qualifying round in Qatar), as well as compensation for damages, if any. In order to guarantee the possibility of participation of Russian teams in the next scheduled matches, the RFU will insist on a rapid procedure in this case. If FIFA and UEFA refuse such a procedure, Provisional measures will be required in the form of suspension of FIFA and UEFA decisions, as well as competitions in which Russian teams should participate.
“The RFU believes that FIFA and UEFA had no legal basis to decide on the suspension of the Russian teams. It violated the fundamental rights of the RFU as a member of FIFA and UEFA, including the right to participate in competitions. Moreover, the decision to withdraw the selection from the 2022 World Cup ranking was taken under pressure from the direct rivals of the play-offs, which violated the principle of sport and the rules of fairness. play. The Russian Football Union also did not have the opportunity to present its position, which violates the fundamental right to defense. Moreover, when making decisions, FIFA and UEFA do not have not considered other possible options for action, other than the total exclusion of Russian participants from the Russian competition,” the association added.