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Bresciano cleared to play at World Cup

Australian midfielder Mark Bresciano has been cleared to play at this year’s World Cup after receiving a reprieve in his four-month ban for an alleged transfer breach.

Australia celebrate Mark Bresciano's goal
Mark Bresciano has been cleared to play at the World Cup by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

• Grima: Bresciano's dilemma

The 33-year-old was handed the FIFA ban and a $1.9 million fine last November after his move from Al Nasr to Al Gharafa was deemed illegal by the world’s governing body.

However, Bresciano fought the case and ultimately won a reprieve through the Court of Arbitration for Sport, meaning that despite the ban remaining in place, the former Parma player was granted permission to play in Brazil.

"Mark is free to play for Australia at the World Cup if selected,'' FIFPro vice-president Brendan Schwab is quoted as saying by the Herald Sun.

"The CAS has given careful regard to Mark's interests and in part his desire to play at the World Cup.

"It's decided that his interests are better protected by the stay not being granted and him serving his suspension, as if he were to lose the final decision in March or April then he would be suspended for the World Cup.

"In deciding to appeal, Mark had to take into account the interests of the club and the Socceroos as well as his own. And I expect that the club and Mark will continue the appeal as a matter of principle.

"Having decided that Mark won't suffer irreparable harm by not being granted the stay, the CAS did not consider the question of whether Mark is likely to succeed with his appeal at the final hearing, so this decision is not an indicator of the final outcome.''

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