Russian football clubs appeal UEFA’s decision to exclude them from European competitions

Reuters. – Four Russian Premier League clubs, including Russian champions Zenit St Petersburg, said on Friday they had lodged an appeal against UEFA’s decision to exclude Russian teams from European competition next season.

UEFA, European football’s governing body, has decided that Russia will not have affiliated teams participating in club competitions in the 2022-23 season due to Moscow’s military campaign in Ukraine.

Zenit said: “Zenit Football Club is supported in this action by FC Dynamo Moscow, FC Sochi and PFC CSKA Moscow in its appeal against the UEFA decision, and respectfully requests that this appeal to the CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) be dealt with expeditiously.” . in the current situation.

The court, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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The UEFA decision also prompted Nike to terminate its sponsorship deal with Spartak Moscow.

Russia sent tens of thousands of troops to Ukraine on February 24 in what it called a special operation aimed at weakening its neighbor’s military capabilities and rooting out people it described as dangerous nationalists.

The West imposed sanctions on Russia and provided Ukraine with military support in response.

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