Bresciano faces 4 Month Ban

Socceroos veteran midfielder Marco Bresciano is facing a torrid few months after being faced with a four month ban by FIFA due to an illegal transfer to his current club Al Gharafa in Qatar. The transfer, which occurred last August from Al Nasr in the United Arab Emirates, was declared by the governing body that it had broken certain crucial laws, however it has yet to publically announce the reasons for the ruling or when the suspension would start to be enforced.

The suspension may prove critical for the midfielder as it may infringe on World Cup preparations, or even the tournament itself. Bresciano, who has been a star member of the Socceroos for a number of years now, would prove to be a monumental loss for the side. Already coming of a few destructive results against France and Brazil, the last thing that’s needed is further disruption in the side.

When addressing the situation in a post match interview after last night’s friendly match against Costa Rica, Bresciano was notably distressed by the situation. “I’m not going to lie” he said, “It’s been on my mind”. The stress, however, didn’t seem to transfer on to the pitch, with the midfielder putting in a solid display showing his usual level of creativity in the middle of the park.

New manager, Ange Postecoglou, said it was far too early to be considering the World Cup implications of the ban. “We are kind of crossing bridges that haven’t been built yet” he said, “Let’s just make sure we know what all the information is”.

 The ban, along with a 1.9 Million dollar fine, will be finalized in the upcoming weeks. Whether Bresciano will choose to appeal the ban is still in doubt. Though an appeal may in fact further jeopardize his chances of a world cup berth due to delays in legal proceedings.

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