Lausanne, 5 December 2013 - The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has registered an appeal filed jointly by the Qatari club Al Gharafa and the Australian football player Mark Bresciano (collectively, the Appellants) against the decision of the FIFA Dispute Resolution Chamber (FIFA DRC) of 4 October 2013, according to which, the Qatari club and the player were ordered to pay compensation of EUR 1,377,000 to the UAE club Al Nasr Sports Club (the Respondent) and a four month playing ban was imposed on the player. Furthermore, the Qatari club was banned from registering any new players, either nationally or internationally, for the next two entire and consecutive registration periods.
Together with their statement of appeal, the Appellants filed a request to stay the execution of the FIFA DRC decision. The Respondent has been invited to file a written submission in this regard and a decision with respect to the request for a stay is expected to be issued by the end of next week. Concurrently, the arbitration procedure will continue in accordance with the Code of sports-related arbitration, and a final decision is likely to be issued in around four months time.