The Russian Football Union has claimed it will go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) to appeal against its ban from international competitions.
Russian football clubs and national teams were suspended from all competitions “until further notice” by Fifa and Uefa.
And in the case of the Hammers it may even be that Nikola Vlasic’s transfer fees owing will not be paid as a result of sanctions set to be introduced by the British government.
According to the BBC the union said it would file one lawsuit against football’s world and European governing bodies, demanding Russia’s men’s and women’s national teams be allowed to compete.
Russia wants its national teams reinstated to play their men’s World Cup play-off matches next month and the women’s team once again included in this summer’s Euro 2022 competition in England.
The union also said it could ask for the suspension of competitions they were originally scheduled to compete in if unsuccessful.
“If Fifa and Uefa refuse such a procedure, a requirement will be put forward for the introduction of interim measures in the form of suspension of Fifa and Uefa decisions, as well as competitions in which Russian teams were supposed to participate,” Russian football authorities said.
Russian club Spartak Moscow were also kicked out of the Europa League and their last-16 opponents RB Leipzig will advance to the quarter-finals.
A statement from Russian football authorities said it “believes that Fifa and Uefa did not have a legal basis when deciding on the removal of Russian teams”.
“The Russian Football Union was also not given the right to present its position, which violated the fundamental right to defence,” the statement continued.
“In addition, when making decisions, Fifa and Uefa did not take into account other possible options for action, except for the complete exclusion of participants from the competition from Russia.”
ClaretandHugh says: Russia has no chance of getting anywhere with their appeal after a act of war which has been condemned by the world. The idea that FIFA – not the sharpest in these things – and Uefa, wouldn’t have taken legal advice ahead of their decision to kick them out doesn’t hold water and as a result it can be taken as read that the decision to exclude the country and various clubs out of the competitions will stand. It was a given that they would appeal but Russia – with exception of Belarus and one or two other satellite states – stands alone on the world stage. All that remains is to see how long it takes for the country’s people to react in a big way.