The Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) has rejected a bid by Russia to freeze a ban placed upon its football teams in advance of next week’s World Cup qualification playoffs, it was announced on Friday.
The Russian Football Union (RFU) had called for an emergency CAS ruling in advance of an official appeal against FIFA’s suspension of the country’s teams from its competitions.
The FIFA ban was imposed after Russia’s military operation in Ukraine, with the organization later saying Russia would not be permitted to play its World Cup qualification playoff against Poland scheduled for Moscow on March 24.
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The winners of that match were due to face either Sweden or the Czech Republic in a playoff final five days later, with a place at the 2022 Qatar World Cup at stake.
However, all three nations had said they would refuse to play Russia, before FIFA and UEFA issued a ban on Russian and Belarusian teams from their competitions.
“The Challenged Decision remains in force and all Russian teams and clubs continue to be suspended from participation in FIFA competitions,” read a CAS statement on Friday.