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Russian Football Union (RFU) opposes bans imposed by governing bodies

A Russian Football Union (RFU) official told the International Legal Forum in St. Petersburg on Friday that the restrictions imposed on Russian football teams following the country’s military operation in Ukraine violate the norms and practices of the Olympic Charter.

Russian sport has been hit with sweeping sanctions by various sports federations in recent months, with the impact being felt in football.

The Russian men’s national team was banned from participating in the 2022 World Cup qualifiers earlier this year, removing any possibility of the 2018 hosts showing up at the showpiece tournament in Qatar later this year.

Russian club teams have also been barred from participating in European competitions such as the UEFA Champions League for the 2022/23 season, while Saint Petersburg has been stripped of its hosting rights for the Champions League final. champions 2022 which has instead been moved to Paris.

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However, speaking at the forum on Friday, sports lawyer Denis Rogachev, who is deputy general secretary of the RFU, said the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) may well be forced to overturn the pending suspensions if , as he argues, they were implemented in opposition to the standards of the Olympic Charter and international law.

The problem that the CAS will solve, and not only in football, is linked to the fundamental question: to what extent are competition organizers and international regulators limited in their rights or have a completely free hand in any decision concerning any subject anywhere in the world?” asked Rogachev, quoted by TASS.

In other words, can they, at the snap of a finger, come up with a fantasy answer that will limit the rights of the corresponding participant?

In any procedure, there are broadly the right elements: guilt, a pre-formulated composition of violations, a procedure that includes at least the need to give the potentially punished party the right to express arguments. All this, at least in football, did not happen.

If the CAS judges listen to these arguments, it will become clear that absolutely unmotivated measures, not provided for in the regulatory documents of non-state regulators, have been applied to Russian sport and football in particular.


Rogachev’s main concern is that the suspensions violate a central sports ethic: the ban on discrimination on sports teams for political reasons.

One of its principles categorically prohibits the discrimination of any subject of sport for political reasons,” he explained.

The fact that some international federations are following the example of individual national federations refusing to play with Russian teams means that they are putting politics above the apolitical nature of the sport.

Rogachev’s statement comes almost two months to the day after UEFA doubled its suspension from Russian football when it banned Valeri Karpin’s national team from participating in next season’s Nations League, as well as various other restrictions on clubs, women’s and youth teams.

Shortly after, four Russian teams – CSKA, Zenit, Dynamo and Sochi – announced they would appeal the suspensions to CAS, with a case also being filed by the RFU.

Rogachev said the CAS is expected to hold its first meeting to discuss the situation on July 5, with another to follow on July 11.

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