Friday, 16 June 2023 Written Shane Sibbel
The Russian invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, 2022. Four days later, the FIFA Council Bureau suspended National teams of Russia participating in FIFA competitionsone. The same day, the UEFA Executive Committee then suspended all Russian football clubs from participating in UEFA competitions. lifting These clubs were removed from the list of participants in the 2022/23 football season competitions on May 2, 2022.2.
Later, the Russian Football Union and four Russian football clubs appealed these decisions to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (“CAS”). In late November 2022, the CAS dismissed these appeals against two arbitration awards delivered on the same day: Russian Football Union v FIFA (CAS 2022/A/8708) (“FIFA Award“) And FC Zenit JSC & Ors – UEFA (CAS 2022/A/8865 to 8868) (“UEFA Award”).
This article discusses and analyzes the arguments put forward in the case, and the author offers his views on what the case means for the response of sports organizations to future political disputes of this nature.
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Shane is a lawyer at Blackstone Chambers and a highly rated senior junior in a practice focused on business disputes. He regularly receives instruction against a leading attorney and has extensive advocacy experience in both litigation and appeals. It balances single instructions with working as part of a team on larger cases.