Big penalty: Mark Bresciano challenges during a Socceroos training session on Saturday. Photo: Getty Images
‘Mark Bresciano’s dream of playing in a third straight World Cup is in jeopardy after the veteran Socceroo was banned for four months for an illegal transfer to Qatari club Al-Gharafa.
The 33-year-old will be ineligible to play until March next year after FIFA imposed the ban relating to the terms of his transfer from UAE club Al-Nasr to Al-Gharafa in 2012. He was also fined $ 1.9 million.
Al-Gharafa have been banned from signing players for one year.
In hot water: Australia’s Mark Bresciano could miss the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. Photo: Sebastian Costanzo
“The club announced its intention to appeal against FIFA’s latest ruling to forbid the club from any player signings for a year,” a club spokesman said.
“The FIFA verdict also suspends Australian midfielder Mark Bresciano for four months in addition to fining him 1.3 million euros for his former club Al Nasr of UAE.
“The UAE club has announced earlier receiving a letter from FIFA granting them the right to a compensation.”
Al-Gharafa general secretary Jassim Al Manosuri said the issue stemmed from Bresciano’s departure from Al-Nasr.
“This is not a unique case; there are many precedents,” he said. “We as a club are not a part of this case. 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.”
Bresciano is in camp with the Socceroos for the friendly match against Costa Rica next Tuesday and completed a full training session on Saturday in front of a public audience.