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Russia set to appeal ban imposed by Fifa and Uefa

The Russian Football Union (RFU) have confirmed that it will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to appeal against its ban from international competitions.

This comes after Fifa and Uefa suspended Russia’s national and club teams from all international football competitions until further notice after backlash over the country’s invasion of Ukraine.

The Union claims that the governing bodies have “no legal basis” for banning them from their competitions and further stated that both bans are a “violation of their fundamental rights.”

“The RFU believes that Fifa and Uefa did not have a legal basis when deciding to remove the Russian teams,” read the statement.

“It violated the fundamental rights of the RFU as a member of Fifa and Uefa, including the right to take part in competitions.

“The decision to withdraw the national team from qualification for the 2022 World Cup was adopted under pressure from direct rivals in the play-offs, which violated the principle of sports and the rules of fair play.

“The Russian Football Union was also not given the right to provide its position, which violated the fundamental right to defend.

“In addition, when making decisions Fifa and Uefa did not take into account other possible options for action, except for the complete exclusion of participants from the competition from Russia.”

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