The Australian football midfielder Mark Bresciano, who was handed a four-month ban over a transfer dispute, has been cleared to play at the World Cup following a decision by sport's highest tribunal.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport said it had rejected a request from Bresciano to temporarily lift the suspension, imposed in November by FIFA, pending his appeal which it said was unlikely to take place for another three months.
Paradoxically, if CAS had accepted the request, the 33-year-old would have run the risk of having to serve the remainder of the ban during the World Cup if he lost the appeal.
Instead, he will now remain banned until March and then be free to play at his third World Cup if selected, whatever the outcome.
FIFA banned Bresciano after ruling that his transfer to Qatari club Al Gharafa from United Arab Emirates' side Al Nasr in 2012 was illegal.