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CAS dismisses Ukraine's appeal on Nations League's Switzerland match forfeiture

Source : 112 Ukraine

However, the judges said the Ukraine federation was “an unfortunate victim of the Covid-19 pandemic” and did not award legal costs to UEFA or the Swiss soccer body
16:20, 19 March 2021
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The Court of Arbitration for Sport of Lausanne (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed by the Ukrainian Association of Football (UAF) against the Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) and the Swiss Football Association (SFA) and confirmed Ukraine's technical defeat in the match of the League of Nations against the national team of Switzerland, as court's website reports.

The CAS judges decided “in the absence of viable rescheduling options being available, (Ukraine) was to be held responsible for the match not taking place.”

However, the judges said the Ukraine federation was “an unfortunate victim of the COVID-19 pandemic” and did not award legal costs to UEFA or the Swiss soccer body.

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The Switzerland – Ukraine match was decisive for the teams in the fight to maintain their positions in League A, as Ukraine had 6 points, and Switzerland had 3. Now the Swiss became third, and the Ukrainian national team left the elite division.

As we reported earlier, the UEFA’s appeal committee considered the case of the cancellation of the Switzerland-Ukraine League of Nations match and awarded the Ukrainian national team a technical defeat. The committee's decision was published on the website.

"The Chairman of the UEFA Appeals Body today took the following decision: to declare the 2020/21 UEFA Nations League match between Switzerland and Ukraine, that was scheduled to be played on 17 November 2020, as forfeited by the Ukrainian Association of Football (who is therefore deemed to have lost the match 3-0)," statement informs.

On December 9, the UAF filed an application to the CAS to appeal the decision on the League of Nations match against Switzerland.

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