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.