Sports court to judge Aussie’s appeal of FIFA ban

Australia midfielder Mark Bresciano has asked the top court in

international sports to overturn his four-month ban by FIFA, even

though the appeal could cost him a place at the World Cup.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport says it registered an appeal

by Bresciano and the Qatari club Al Gharafa. Soccer’s governing

body said the team should serve a one-year transfer ban for luring

the player to break a contract with Al Nasr in the United Arab

Emirates.

The court says Bresciano and Al Gharafa want the sanctions

frozen while the case proceeds. The court’s verdict is expected in

about four months.

If Bresciano loses, the four-month ban would include the World

Cup in Brazil. The 33-year-old player was selected for Australia’s

past two World Cup teams.