Russia drop CAS appeal against World Cup ban, but battle to keep spot at Women’s Euro

April 6 – Russia has withdrawn its appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport against FIFA’s World Cup ban and against the Polish, Swedish and Czech federations who refused to play against them because of the invasion of Ukraine.

FIFA and UEFA decided together that all Russian teams, whether national or club sides, would be suspended from participation in their competitions until further notice

Russia were set to host Poland in a World Cup qualifying playoff on March 24 but Poland were awarded a bye and ultimately made it to the finals after beating Sweden.

Last month, Russia’s hopes of competing in Qatar were effectively ended anyway after  CAS rejected a request to freeze FIFA’s suspension while their appeal was being heard.

The Russians are nevertheless continuing to fight being kicked out of other sporting competitions.

These includes the UEFA ban on Russia competing in the women’s Euro 2022 in England this summer.

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