FIFA Warned The Court Of The World Cup Of Chaos If Russia Played In The Tournament
Russia– The football organisation FIFA on Tuesday warned the court of the World Cup that Russia’s participation in the prestigious tournament, the 2022 Qatar World Cup, can cause chaos in the competition. The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) published the legal debate between FIFA and Russia’s soccer federation on Tuesday. The court explained why its judge denied an urgent request by Russia to freeze a ban that excluded Russians from the men’s and women’s World Cups.
In March, FIFA and UEFA banned Russia from international competition because of the war in Ukraine. However, the Russian Football Union appealed the decision at the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Court made a ruling on March 18 that impacted Russia’s participation in the World Cup playoffs. The interim ruling ensured the men’s team could not play Poland six days later in the World Cup qualifying playoff. Russia was scheduled to play Poland in its World Cup qualifying playoff on March 24.
Poland was given advanced to the tournament in Qatar by beating Sweden in the playoff final. Reportedly, Poland, Sweden and the Czech Republic had all stated that they would not play Russia because of the country’s war on Ukraine. FIFA explained that Russia’s participation in the tournament can cause chaotic harm to the competition if other teams decide not to play them.
Reportedly, FIFA competition rules usually punish federations whose teams refuse to play scheduled games, but soccer’s world body agreed with Poland, Sweden and the Czechs when they decided to not play with Russian teams. FIFA lawyers said in a submission to the court that their decisions are understandable in light of the current situation in Ukraine. FIFA further said that other member federations would also refuse to play Russia if the team advanced to the World Cup.