The Russian Football Union has announced that it will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against FIFA and UEFA decisions to ban Russian national teams from participating in international competitions following the invasion of Ukraine by the country.
The union said in a statement it would take legal action against the two governing bodies to demand that Russia’s men’s and women’s national teams be allowed to compete, including in qualifying for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. .
FIFA initially said that Russia could continue to play under the name “Football Union or Russia”, and without its flag or anthem being present at matches.
But world football’s governing body then issued a joint statement with UEFA on Monday announcing that Russian national teams, as well as its clubs, were banned from all competitions.
The statement from the governing bodies reads: “Following the initial decisions adopted by the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, which envisaged the adoption of additional measures, FIFA and UEFA have today decided ‘ It is agreed that all Russian teams, whether national representative teams or club teams, will be suspended from participating in FIFA and UEFA competitions until further notice.
“These decisions were adopted today by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee, respectively the highest decision-making bodies of the two institutions on such urgent matters.
“Football is fully united here and in full solidarity with all those affected in Ukraine. Both presidents hope that the situation in Ukraine will improve significantly and quickly so that football can once again be a vehicle for unity and peace among peoples.”
Russia were due to face Poland in a World Cup qualifier later this month, with the winner of the tie facing either Sweden or the Czech Republic for a place in the final in Qatar, but the three nations have refused to face them.
A number of European football associations, including those of England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, have also said they will not play the teams Russians.
Spartak Moscow, the only remaining Russian side in European club competition, were also expelled from the Europa League.
EA Sports will remove Russian teams from FIFA games
EA Sports has “initiated processes” to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from its FIFA products.
The video game developer says it is also “actively evaluating changes related to other areas of our games” following Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.
A statement from EA Sports read: “EA Sports stands in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and, like so many voices across the world of football, calls for peace and an end to the invasion of Ukraine.
“In agreement with our partners at FIFA and UEFA, EA Sports has initiated processes to remove the Russian national team and all Russian clubs from EA Sports FIFA products, including: FIFA 22, FIFA Mobile and FIFA Online. We are also actively evaluating related changes to other areas of our games.
“We will keep our communities informed of any actions taken and thank players for their patience as we work on these updates.”
Ukraine calls for Scotland’s World Cup play-offs to be postponed
Ukraine has asked FIFA and UEFA to postpone its upcoming World Cup play-offs with Scotland.
Their play-off semi-final was due to be played at Hampden Park on March 24, with the winner facing Austria or Wales in Cardiff for a place in this year’s World Cup in Qatar.
BREAKING: The Ukrainian FA have asked FIFA and UEFA to postpone their World Cup qualifier against Scotland on March 24, according to Reuters👇
— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) March 3, 2022
But now Ukraine has asked the tournament’s two international bodies to postpone the match, due to the ongoing invasion of the country by the Russian military.
Russia were scheduled to face Poland in the semi-finals, but were kicked out of the tournament by FIFA as punishment for the invasion.
Shevchenko’s message to Russia: You can stop this war
Former Chelsea and AC Milan striker Andriy Shevchenko has said football ‘doesn’t exist’ for him amid the current invasion while speaking to Sky Sports News.
Shevchenko’s family refused to leave Ukraine and the 45-year-old remained in London during the conflict to help lead the appeal for humanitarian aid for his country.
“Football no longer exists for me,” Shevchenko said. “I don’t think about it. Now is not the time for that. I don’t watch anything, any sport, anything.
“All my focus, when I wake up, I think about how I can help my country, what I can do. I started calling my parents, my friends, keeping up to date with what’s going on. happening in Ukraine. For me, that’s my field, that’s my focus now.”