Russia to miss World Cup qualifier as CAS upholds FIFA ban over Ukraine war
- The CAS on Friday dismissed Russia's appeal to freeze a FIFA ban
- The decision means Russia will miss its World Cup qualifer against Poland next week
- Russia could still get the ban overturned later
Russia's national men's football team will not be allowed to play its FIFA World Cup qualifier match against Poland next week after an appeal by the Russian football federation to temporarily freeze the ban on its football teams was dismissed on Friday.
FIFA on Friday said that the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), the top international arbitrator for sports, had dismissed Russia's plea seeking a temporary freeze on the ban imposed by global football body over Moscow's invasion of Ukraine.
"The challenged decision remains in force and all Russian teams and clubs continue to be suspended from participation in FIFA competitions. The CAS arbitration proceedings continue," the CAS said in a statement on Friday.
However, the Russian football federation could still get the FIFA ban overturned before the next round of international football matches in June, and if successful, could force a replay of next week's match against Poland.
Since the invasion of Ukraine began on February 24, international sporting bodies have acted swiftly to exclude Russia from global sporting activities.
Events in Russia have also been cancelled by the International Ski Federation (FIS), while FormulaOne has cancelled the Russian Grand Prix this season, and has also terminated its contract with Russia.