The latest ruling follows a similar refusal by CAS Tuesday to freeze UEFA’s ban on Russian national and club teams in European football.

Russia’s request to freeze a FIFA ban on its football teams ahead of next week’s World Cup qualifying play-offs was rejected Friday.

FIFA said the Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected the Russian Football Federation’s request for an urgent interim ruling to freeze the ban pending a full appeal, which could come in weeks.

The CAS decision means Russia will not be able to play against Poland in the World Cup qualifier on Thursday.

The latest ruling follows a similar refusal by CAS Tuesday to freeze UEFA’s ban on Russian national and club teams in European football.

Russian athletes are not allowed to participate in multiple sports because of the country’s invasion of Ukraine. Belarusian athletes have also been banned because their country has been an ally of Russia.

The Russian Football Association could still roll back the FIFA ban before a new round of international matches in early June. A Russian win at CAS could then force this month’s playoffs to play again.

Ukraine is also in the World Cup play-offs, and Thursday’s scheduled game against Scotland has been postponed by FIFA until June. Ukraine or Scotland will face Wales or Austria – who play in Cardiff next week – with a place at this year’s World Cup in Qatar on the line.


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