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Sports court to judge Aussie's appeal of FIFA ban

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Sports court to judge Aussie's appeal of FIFA ban

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FILE - In this Oct. 11, 2013 file photo, Australia soccer team poses prior to the start their international soccer friendly match between France and Australia at the Parc Des Princes stadium in Paris, France. Background from left: Rhys Williams, Robbie Kruse, Mitchell Langerak, James Holland, Mile Jedinak and Mark Bresciano. Foreground from left: David Carney, Lucas Neill, Tim Cahill, Matty McKay and Luke Wilkshire. The draw for the 2014 World Cup finals takes place Friday Dec. 6, 2013 near Salvador, Brazil. The 32 teams will be drawn into eight groups of four. The top two in each group will progress to the knockout stages. Twelve stadiums in twelve cities will host matches. (AP Photo/Francois Mori, File)

LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) -- 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 Emirates.

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.

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