Serbia Loses Appeal Against Kosovo UEFA Membership

January 25, 2017


The Football Association of Serbia (FAS) has lost an appeal against the recent acceptance of Kosovo into European football’s governing body UEFA.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected Serbia’s appeal on the basis that Kosovo is ‘recognised by the majority of the United Nations member states as an ”independent state”. This means Kosovo meets the criteria for entry to UEFA, despite Serbia’s protestations that Kosovo is not a member of the United Nations and should not be granted acceptance.

The UEFA member associations voted 28-24 in favour of accepting Kosovo’s entry into UEFA, with the state joining FIFA the following week.

Kosovo currently sit bottom of the Fifa World Cup qualifying UEFA Group I, having taken one point from their first four competitive matches.