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
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.