The 13-time Ukrainian soccer champion Shakhtar Donetsk and eight professional clubs from Russia have failed in appeals against Fifa decisions before the Court of Arbitration for Sport CAS. Last June, the world association allowed foreign players and coaches to suspend their contracts due to the Russian war of aggression in Ukraine, and many then switched on a free transfer. In its statement, the CAS emphasized that the contested decision was the consequence of a “legitimate aim in the light of the Fifa Statutes” and that the measures taken were “not grossly disproportionate” and “remained within the discretionary powers” which Fifa has under Swiss law due. Donetsk had complained that the club had lost around 40 million euros in transfer income as a result of the measure. In a July letter seen by AFP news agency, Fifa said it would protect the interests of Ukrainian clubs.