Football: Ukraine FA appeals to CAS over forfeiture of game against Switzerland

Football: Ukraine FA appeals to CAS over forfeiture of game against Switzerland

LAUSANNE (REUTERS) – Ukraine’s FA (UAF) is appealing against Uefa’s decision to award Switzerland a 3-0 win in their Nations League encounter in November, following positive Covid-19 tests in the Ukraine team, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said on Friday (Dec 11).

The decision of European football’s governing body to award Switzerland the match led to Ukraine being relegated to League B.

The clash between Ukraine and Switzerland in Lucerne on Nov 17 was cancelled after the Ukraine team were placed in quarantine due to positive Covid-19 tests in the squad.

Uefa’s appeals body said on Nov 25 the match had been declared forfeited, which meant the Swiss won 3-0.

“The UAF requests that the challenged decision be set aside and the match be rescheduled or… that the decision to call the match as forfeited be cancelled and the outcome be decided by drawing of lots carried out by the Uefa administration,” CAS said in a statement.

Ukraine finished bottom of Group A4 with six points, behind the Swiss on goal difference and could potentially avoid being relegated to League B if the result of their final game is overturned by sport’s highest court.

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