Ukraine was relegated to the second tier of the Nations League competition, after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Friday dismissed its appeal over a match it was judged to have forfeited in November.

UEFA’s Appeals Panel declared a forfeit and awarded Switzerland a 3-0 win in their November 17 Nations League encounter with Ukraine, who had to cancel late on and go into quarantine after positive COVID-19 tests in the squad.

Ukrainian football’s governing body UAF appealed the decision. But CAS ruled on Friday that Ukraine were responsible for the match being cancelled and that UEFA’s declaration of a forfeit was in line with the protocols it had put in place due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The loss means Ukraine are now relegated to League B of the Nations League after finishing bottom of Group A4.

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