The Spanish Rugby Federation confirmed on Monday the opening of proceedings before the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The Iberian body hopes to lift a withdrawal of points on the green carpet leading to its non-qualification for the 2023 World Cup.
Adding the case over but not, the Spanish Rugby Federation has booked a new twist in its dispute against World Rugby. This Monday, the Iberian governing body confirmed that it is taking its case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Qualified on the field for the 2023 World Cup in France (from September 8 to October 28), the Spanish selection finally suffered a withdrawal of points for having aligned an ineligible player and thus lost their ticket for the World Cup in France .
“Following the meeting held this Monday, July 18, the Management Committee of the Spanish Rugby Federation (FER), interpreted by Mariola Arraiza, has decided to file a statement of appeal before the Sports Arbitration Court (TAS) in this regarding the sanction imposed by an independent judicial committee of World Rugby, said the FER via a press release.A sanction which left the Spanish rugby union team out of the World Cup which is to be held in France during the September and October 2023.”
Spain regrets “excessive sanction”
Guilty of fielding South African-born pillar Gavin van den Berg twice during qualifying for the 2023 World Cup, Spain saw a World Rugby disciplinary body take away the ten points acquired when the before playing with the Leones. Spain thus lost the benefit of its two big victories against the Netherlands in 2021 (52-7) and in 2022 (43-0).
“With the advice of our legal services and unanimously of all its members, the Management Committee has decided to present this appeal in the face of what it considers to be an excessive sanction and the consequence of a deception suffered by the FER itself, further specified the Spanish Rugby Federation in its press release.
A decision taken during a first appeal to the international federation at the end of June. As a result, Romania qualified directly for the World Cup in Pool B, replacing Spain. Portugal replaced the Romanian selection in the contested repechages of a qualifying tournament in November 2022 for a place in Pool C with Australia, Wales, Georgia and Fiji.
Unless the CAS agrees with the Spanish Federation and requalifies the Leones for the World Cup. Seeing Romania in repechages and Portugal of Régis Lagisquet at home.