Ottawa Fury FC is asking for urgent relief from the Court of Arbitration for Sport in respect to 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.
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. "In the current situation, only four 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.