The Russian Football Union had hoped to postpone crucial World Cup playoff matches that were thrown into doubt shortly after the attack on Ukraine began
Russia’s World Cup prospects appear to be fading rapidly © Mike Kireev / NurPhoto via Getty Images
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed Russia’s request to postpone crucial Qatar 2022 World Cup playoff matches as an interim measure after organizers FIFA suspended the national team from competitions and awarded scheduled opponents Poland a bye to the final.
Russia had been due to host Poland in Moscow on Thursday in a semifinal that would have sent them through to a home game against Sweden or the Czech Republic with a win.
The football associations of Poland and Russia’s two potential opponents all publicly announced their plans to boycott matches against Valeri Karpin’s side following the start of the attack in Ukraine. Poland will now host the final on March 29.
The Russian Football Union is still hopeful of succeeding in an appeal to CAS over the suspensions and has called FIFA’s move divisive, discriminatory and harmful to the sport.