Russian clubs appeal UEFA decision to bar them from European competition

UEFA, the governing body of European football, decided Russia would have no affiliated teams participating in its club competitions in the 2022-23 season due to Moscow's military campaign in Ukraine.

Zenit St. Petersburg

Zenit St. Petersburg is among the teams that have appealed the UEFA ban on Russian clubs from competing in European competition.   -  Twitter @premierliga_en

Four Russian Premier League clubs, including champions Zenit St Petersburg, said on Friday they had filed an appeal against UEFA's decision to bar Russian clubs from European competition next season.

UEFA, the governing body of European football, decided Russia would have no affiliated teams participating in its club competitions in the 2022-23 season due to Moscow's military campaign in Ukraine.

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"Zenit Football Club are supported in this action by FC Dynamo Moscow, FC Sochi and PFC CSKA Moscow in appealing against the decision of UEFA, and respectfully request this appeal to CAS (the Court of Arbitration for Sport) be dealt with expeditiously," Zenit said in a statement.

The Lausanne-based court did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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

Russia sent tens of thousands of troops into Ukraine on Feb. 24 in what it called a special operation designed to degrade its neighbour's military capabilities and root out people it called dangerous nationalists.

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

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