Cahill ban remains unchanged
Australia have been handed a boost after learning midfielder Tim Cahill will only be banned for one match.
Last Updated: 17/06/10 11:29am
Australia have been handed a boost after learning star midfielder Tim Cahill will only be banned for one match.
Cahill was given his marching orders in his side's opening World Cup Group D game against Germany on Sunday for a tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The dismissal meant the Everton player would definitely miss his side's crucial encounter with Ghana on Saturday but Fifa had the option to increase the suspension to two matches.
However, the governing body have opted against increasing the 30-year-old's punishment, meaning he will be free to play in the Socceroos' final outing against Serbia on 23rd June.
Fifa spokesman Nicolas Maingot said the one-match ban would stand after reports emerged saying Schweinsteiger had told Cahill the red card was undeserved.
Australia used the comment as evidence in their appeal for leniency against the decision.