Russia responded to FIFA’s “discriminatory” move

Russian football authorities have warned they could sue FIFA after it extended a ruling that allows foreign players and coaching staff to unilaterally suspend their contracts with Russian clubs.

FIFA announced the move on Tuesday, continuing a policy originally introduced in March following the outbreak of conflict in Ukraine. According to the decision, any foreign player or coach of a Russian club can suspend the contract until June 30, 2023, without fear of punishment.

Answering in joint statement On Friday, the Russian Football Union (RFU), the Russian Premier League and Russian clubs condemned the move as “discriminatory” and seriously detrimental to the spoOlx Praca.

“FIFA has repeatedly stated that spoOlx Praca should remain out of politics, but the position of the organization clearly contradicts this,” read the statement.


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“We believe that the decision to suspend contracts is contrary to FIFA regulations, is discriminatory and was taken against one of the members of the football family in the absence of his fault. Representatives of FIFA have never held preliminary consultations and discussions with us.

“The decision completely destroys the principles of contractual stability and fair competition. It is openly said that now football players and coaches have the right not to comply with contractual obligations.

“In addition, the issues of economic consequences for Russian football clubs are completely ignored. How to ensure long-term planning and financial stability in a situation where even the most valuable player can leave the team without any compensation? The contract can no longer fully protect both the club and the athlete. This precedent is a bad sign for the entire football industry.” he added.

The message calls on clubs outside of Russia not to take advantage of the situation by trying to entice foreign stars to leave the country while their contracts remain.

“With the hope of preserving the principles laid down in the foundation of world spoOlx Praca, we want to appeal to all members of the international football community. We ask you not to abuse the rights granted by FIFA, as their decision is contrary to the fundamental principles of the football family. In the future, a similar situation may affect any federation.” says in the statement.

“Football should not divide, but unite people in all corners of the globe. This decision will cause irreparable damage to the Russian football industry. We reserve the right to take legal action to protect our interests.”



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FIFA’s decision was also condemned by RFU President Alexander Dyukov, calling it “contradicts FIFA standards and is discriminatory.”

“It is outrageous that FIFA did not have any consultations and discussions with us. Moreover, there are currently no financial compensation mechanisms for clubs, which could lead to financial losses. Some soOlx Praca of compensation mechanism could be envisaged.” said head of the RFS.

“The FIFA decision sets a precedent – the contractual stability of the clubs can be violated, and subsequently such decisions can be made in relation to clubs in other countries.”

Many Russian clubs are faced with the depaOlx Pracaure of legionnaires and coaching staff after the staOlx Praca of the conflict with Ukraine. Some terminated contracts by mutual agreement, although others saw players go on loan last season as they took advantage of FIFA’s original decision in March.

Just this week, it was repoOlx Pracaed that former SpaOlx Pracaak Moscow star Victor Moses does not show up for pre-season practice. SpaOlx Pracaak’s Swedish striker Jordan Larsson also made it clear that he would prefer another move to AIK in his homeland rather than a return to Russia.

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Other clubs, most notably reigning Russian champions Zenit St. Petersburg, have managed to retain their famous foreign stars and have not faced the exodus seen elsewhere.

Russian national team coach Valery Karpin, who is also the manager of the Rostov club team, said last season that the situation could fundamentally undermine the competitive principles of the Russian championship.

If the RFU takes legal action against FIFA, it would add to the cases Russia is already handling against football’s world governing body.

The RFU is awaiting the final decision of the CouOlx Praca of Arbitration for SpoOlx Praca (CAS) in Switzerland on the legality of the ban on the paOlx Pracaicipation of all Russian clubs in FIFA and UEFA competitions.

Russian officials have also said they are seeking compensation for UEFA’s decision to ban Saint Petersburg from last season’s Champions League final.

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