The Malta Football Association confirmed that it has received notification of two appeals filed before the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) by the Football Union of Russia (FUR) against the decisions taken on 28 February 2022 by the Bureau of the FIFA Council and the UEFA Executive Committee respectively to suspend all Russian teams and clubs from participation in their respective competitions until further notice.
The Malta Football Association is amongst a number of national associations listed as defendants in either or both the above-mentioned appeals.
The Association will not comment any further while these proceedings are sub-judice.
Earlier on Wednesday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) announced that it registered the appeals
filed by the Football Union of Russia (FUR) against the decisions taken on 28 February 2022 by the
Bureau of the FIFA Council (the FIFA appeal) and the UEFA Executive Committee (the UEFA appeal)
(collectively, the Challenged Decisions) to suspend all Russian teams and clubs from participation in
their respective competitions until further notice.
“The FIFA appeal has been filed against Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), the
Union of European Football Associations (UEFA), the Polish Football Association, the Swedish Football
Association, the Czech Football Association, the Football Association of Montenegro and the Malta
“The UEFA appeal has been filed against UEFA, the Hellenic Football Federation, the Belarus Football
Federation, the Danish Football Association, the Luxembourgish Football Association, the Austrian
Football Association, the Malta Football Association, the Portuguese Football Federation, the English
Football Association, the Spanish Football Association, the Irish Football Association and the French
“In its appeals, the FUR requests CAS to set aside the Challenged Decisions and to reinstate all Russian
teams and clubs for participation in FIFA and UEFA competitions. Together with each statement of
appeal, the FUR has also filed a request to stay the execution of each challenged decision.”
“The CAS Court Office has initiated two separate arbitration procedures and, in accordance with the Code
of Sports-related Arbitration (the arbitration rules governing CAS procedures), will seek the position of
the respondent parties with respect to the FUR’s requests to stay the execution of the Challenged
Decisions and as to the organization and planning of each arbitration procedure.”
“The CAS anticipates being able to share further information on the proceedings through a media release
in a few days’ time, once a decision has been issued with respect to the requests for a stay.”
The Malta Under-21 side was due to host the Russian Under-21 national team in a UEFA Under-21 Championship qualifier on Friday March 25 and the women’s national team was due to face Russia in a FIFA Women’s World Cup qualifier on Tuesday April 12.
Very unfair for Russian football
Sewwa għamlulhom jaqtugħhom mid-dinja sportiva.
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