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