UEFA ban of Russian teams upheld by Court of Arbitration for Sport

Baku, March 16, AZERTAC

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced on Tuesday that UEFA's ban on Russian teams participating in competitions has been upheld while a similar appeal against FIFA's suspension remains under deliberation, according to CBS Soccer.

The Appeals Arbitration Division president has denied a request to lift the suspensions until CAS announces its final ruling in an interim move as Russian athletes and teams remain banned from multiple sports.

"The challenged decision remains in force and all Russian teams and clubs continue to be suspended from participation in UEFA competitions," read a CAS statement. "The CAS decisions on the 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."

Since the FIFA and UEFA decisions, Spartak Moscow have been unable to play their Europa League round of 16 tie with RB Leipzig while Russia are currently unable to play their World Cup qualification fixtures at the end of this month.

The Russians had been scheduled to host Poland in a playoff but Russia's ability to qualify for the event in Qatar is in doubt with the Polish, Czech and Swedish soccer governing bodies all refusing to play against the country which blocks them in their playoff path.


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