La Liga: CAS rejects La Liga appeal over World Cup qualifiers extension

La Liga: CAS rejects La Liga’s appeal over World Cup qualifiers extension- Football clubs in Spain’s La Liga have been forced to release international players for September’s South American World Cup qualifiers after a decision by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Sunday.

La Liga had appealed against global football governing body FIFA’s extension to the international window for World Cup qualifiers by two days because it meant players participating in the matches would be unable to turn out for their clubs when Spain’s domestic fixtures resume on Sept. 11.

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La Liga: CAS rejects La Liga appeal over World Cup qualifiers extension

World football’s governing body announced earlier this month that fixtures missed in March due to the COVID-19 pandemic would be played in September and October, and increased the CONMEBOL international window by two days until Sept. 10.

It cited extensive travel and player safety as the reasons for the extension.

Real Madrid, Barcelona, Sevilla and Atletico Madrid were all due to play league fixtures 24 hours later and on Thursday La Liga said it had held a meeting with all concerned teams, who agreed not to release their players for international duty.

La Liga criticized the CAS ruling in a statement, calling FIFA’s decision a “plain declaration of intent to intervene in autonomous national leagues“.

Shifting of fixtures 

The league also responded by shifting fixtures for the corresponding weekend, moving Real Madrid-Celta Vigo and EspanyolAtletico Madrid from Saturday, Sept. 11 to Sunday, Sept. 12, and requesting for Sevilla-Barcelona and Villarreal-Alaves, both set for Sept. 11, to be postponed.

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