FIFA bans Bresciano for illegal move

FIFA bans Bresciano for illegal move

The punishment has been imposed by the world governing body over the circumstances surrounding Bresciano’s transfer from United Arab Emirates side Al Nasr to Qatar Stars League outfit Al Gharafa last year.


Bresciano, 33, is a near certain inclusion in Australia’s squad for the World Cup in Brazil and while it was not immediately clear when any ban would start, it has cast doubt on his participation at football’s showpiece.

Bresciano is in Socceroos camp ahead of Tuesday’s international against Costa Rica with Football Federation Australia confirming that he will be available for the Allianz Stadium encounter.

“We will do all we can to assist Marco Bresciano and his representatives in having the judgement swiftly overturned and set aside,” an FFA spokesperson told News Limited.

“The advice from FIFA is that the suspension doesn’t apply to Tuesday night’s match against Costa Rica. Marco is available for selection and will continue his preparations with the squad.”

FFA officials were not immediately available for further comment.

FIFA granted Al Nasr the right to compensation for Bresciano and also decreed that Al Gharafa would be forbidden from signing any players for 12 months, with the Qatari club announcing it would appeal the ruling.

“This is not a unique case, there are many precedents, we as a club are not a part of this case,” a statement from Al Gharafa Club General Secretary Jassim Al Manosuri read on the club’s website.

“As the player ended his contract with his former club before joining us, our next step will be filing an appeal to the court of arbitration for sport”.