Red Card Ruckus
DURBAN, SOUTH AFRICA - JUNE 13: Referee Marco Rodriguez awards Tim Cahill of Australia a straight red card following a tackle on Bastian Schweinsteiger of Germany during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Group D match between Germany and Australia at Durban Stadium on June 13, 2010 in Durban, South Africa.
Updated at 11:15 AM CST on Wednesday, Jun 16, 2010
Australia has asked FIFA for leniency over Tim Cahill's red card against Germany in a bid to have him back for its third group game against Serbia.
Cahill receives an automatic one-match ban covering Saturday's game against Ghana, but FIFA can increase the penalty. Football Federation Australia chief executive Ben Buckley said Wednesday the organization contacted FIFA claiming a one-match penalty is sufficient.
The document the Aussies sent includes a statement from Bastian Schweinsteiger, the German player fouled by Cahill. Schweinsteiger approached Cahill in the mixed zone following the match and told Cahill the red card was undeserved. Buckley said a decision was expected from FIFA on Thursday.
Published at 11:03 AM CST on Jun 16, 2010
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