FIFA confirms one-match ban for Cahill
FIFA, on Friday, confirmed that Australian midfielder Tim Cahill will be suspended for one match after being given a straight red card in the World Cup match against Germany last weekend.sports Updated: Jun 18, 2010 21:03 IST
FIFA, on Friday, confirmed that Australian midfielder Tim Cahill will be suspended for one match after being given a straight red card in the World Cup match against Germany last weekend.
The Everton star will miss the Socceroos' match against Ghana in Rustenburg on Saturday, but will be available for selection for the match against Serbia in Nelspruit on June 23, FIFA said.
A FIFA Disciplinary Committee ruled that Cahill should get the minimum one match suspension for the straight red card. Football Federation Australia (FFA) was relieved and pleased that the influential Cahill would only receive an automatic minimum one-match ban.
"Tim has been given the minimum penalty available which is what we argued for in our detailed submission to FIFA over the incident," FFA team official John Boultbee said. "A straight red card constitutes a minimum of a one-match suspension and it is only in extreme circumstances like mistaken identity that a suspension is ever overturned. "The committee could have decided to impose a longer suspension and we are glad that they did not deem the tackle serious enough to warrant anything further."