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Russian Football Federation withdraws appeal against FIFA ban

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The RFU has dropped their appeal against FIFA’s ban after all Russian teams were suspended from UEFA and FIFA competitions.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has confirmed on Tuesday that the Russian Football Union (RFU) has dropped their appeal against football’s world governing body FIFA.

Russia’s football teams were banned from participating in international tournaments following the country’s invasion of Ukraine in February.

The RFU launched an appeal against the ban in March, demanding Russian teams be allowed to compete and be given a chance to qualify for this year’s World Cup in Qatar.

Russia were set to face Poland in a World Cup playoff semi-final, but due to the ruling, the Poles received a bye to face Sweden or the Czech Republic.

CAS have revealed that the procedure would be terminated shortly.

However, according to the BBC, Russia will continue to fight bans imposed by other sporting competitions, including the UEFA ban on Russian sides competing in European club tournaments like the Champions League, Europa League, and the Europa Conference League.

Spartak Moscow, who were the only Russian team left playing in Europe, in the Europa League, were dismissed from the competition. UEFA have also banned the Russian women’s national team from competing in Euro 2022 in England this summer.

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Russia has called its invasion of Ukraine a “special military operation”, and have also filed appeals seeking annulment of bans from international gymnastics, rugby, rowing, and skating.