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Update on Ottawa Fury FC Sanctioning

December 19, 2018 - United Soccer League Championship (USL) - Ottawa Fury FC News Release

OTTAWA - Ottawa Fury FC today announced that it is seeking urgent relief from the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in respect of sanctioning for its participation in the USL Championship level professional soccer in 2019. Sanctioning has already been confirmed by Canada Soccer and by the United States Soccer Federation, but has been called into question by CONCACAF, the governing body for soccer in North America. The rules governing the Canadian Soccer Association and CONCACAF require that such disputes be heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The CAS, based in Lausanne, Switzerland, was established by the International Olympic Committee, as an independent authority to pronounce binding decisions on sports organizations for dispute resolution.

"We are on the clock," said Mark Goudie, President and CEO of Fury FC's parent company, the Ottawa Sports and Entertainment Group (OSEG). "In the current situation, only 4-weeks before the scheduled start of training camp, Fury FC is unable to sign players or sell tickets because of the uncertainty surrounding the team's future. We need a rapid resolution to the dispute and that's what the CAS was established to provide."

Since this dispute is now before the CAS, Fury FC will not provide any further comment until a ruling has been made.

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