Australia's Cahill will miss next match

Australia captain Tim Cahill's one-match ban has been confirmed after he was sent off in the World Cup group game against Germany, FIFA said Thursday.
Tim Cahill, second from left, received a straight red card from referee Marco Rodriguez early in the second half of Australia's 4-0 opening-match loss to Germany. ((Robert Cianflone/Getty Images))

Australia captain Tim Cahill will miss his team's Group D match against Ghana after FIFA confirmed his one-match ban for a red card Thursday. 

Cahill was sent off for a foul on Bastian Schweinsteiger in the 56th minute of Australia's 4-0 opening defeat to Germany on Sunday. The midfielder received only the automatic one-match ban, which covers Saturday's game against Ghana; FIFA could have increased the penalty if it found his foul serious enough.

"We are glad that they did not deem the tackle serious enough to warrant anything further," said John Boultbee, a spokesman with the Australian federation.

FIFA spokesman Nicolas Maingot said the one-match ban would stand even though Schweinsteiger approached Cahill in the mixed zone following the match and told the Australian the red card was undeserved.

FIFA also said South Africa goalkeeper Itumeleg Khune will miss his team's final Group A match against France because of the red card he received in Wednesday's 3-0 loss to Uruguay. 

Khune was judged guilty of "denying the opposing team a clear goal-scoring opportunity" for tripping Luis Suarez.

But South Africa coach Carlos Alberto Parreira will not be sanctioned over negative comments he made about the referee in that match. 

Parreira said Massimo Busacca "was the worst referee so far" after he sent off Khune for the trip, which led to a penalty kick.

Parreira also said Busacca "doesn't deserve to be here" and the referee was "giving yellow cards that weren't yellow cards."

FIFA reviewed the coach's comments, but said "there was no violation of the FIFA disciplinary code," Maingot added.

FIFA said it had not yet looked at a request by Portugal to rescind the yellow card given to Cristiano Ronaldo in Tuesday's 0-0 tie against Ivory Coast. Guy-Roland Demel brought down Ronaldo with a sliding foul and referee Jorge Larrionda carded both for mouthing off to each other.