CAS to judge Mark Bresciano’s FIFA ban appeal
Australia midfielder Mark Bresciano wants sport’s highest court
to overturn his four-month ban by FIFA, even though the appeal case
could cost him a place at the World Cup.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Thursday it registered
an appeal by Bresciano and Qatari club Al Gharafa, which FIFA
judged should serve a one-year transfer ban for luring him to break
his contract with Al Nasr in the United Arab Emirates.
Bresciano and Al Gharafa want the sanctions frozen while the
case proceeds. That pushes the case timetable toward the World Cup
which kicks off on June 12 in Brazil.
The court said its panel’s final verdict is expected ”in around
four months’ time.”
If Bresciano loses then, the four-month ban would include the
World Cup in Brazil.
Had he accepted the judgment of FIFA’s disputes panel last
month, the ban would have been completed in March.
The 33-year-old Bresciano was selected for Australia’s past two
World Cup squads.
He and Al Gharafa are also appealing FIFA’s order making them
jointly liable to pay Al Nasr 1,377,000 euros ($1.9 million) in