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Harry Kewell will be available for Australia’s final group game against Croatia tomorrow after being cleared of offensive behaviour by Fifa, who acted quickly to quell the first refereeing controversy of the tournament. Fifa’s disciplinary committee cleared Kewell of any wrongdoing after the German referee Markus Merk claimed the Liverpool player had verbally abused him following the final buy canada goose jacket uk whistle in the 2-0 defeat by Brazil on Sunday.

The disciplinary committee told Football Federation Australia (FFA) yesterday that it had received contradictory versions of the incident from match officials. Whether Merk will be allowed to officiate in the second phase remains to be seen but best canada goose jacket review Fifa said that it had “no issue” with his performance.

After the hearing, Kewell emerged from the team’s hotel near Friedrichsruhe to sign autographs and pose for photographs. “The result is brilliant and I couldn’t expect anything more,” he said. “I had prepared myself for the worst.”

Fifa are understood to be furious with Merk for allegedly telling Kewell that the player’s World Cup was over as he and the match officials left the pitch. The comment, heard by a number of Australia’s players, left the referee open to accusations of premeditation in naming Kewell in his post-match can you wash canada goose jacket report. Had Kewell been found guilty he would have been banned for a minimum of two matches. The Australians were also at odds with Merk over his refusal to explain to the captain Mark Viduka during the game why he was consistently penalising Australia.

Merk failed to caution Brazil’s second goal scorer Fred after the Lyon striker removed his shirt canada goose coat 1000 bulbs garland in celebration and also failed to issue Kewell with a red or yellow best canada goose coat for women card after his confrontation best canada goose jacket for women with the player. It is understood Merk had initially taken a hard line on Kewell but then later softened his view, leading Fifa to describe his report as “inconsistent”.

Merk has been involved in other high-profile incidents. Most recently, in August, he sent off Lionel Messi controversially after only best place to buy a canada goose jacket 90 seconds of his Argentina debut. Jose Mourinho labelled him the worst referee he had seen after Porto’s Champions League semi-final first leg against Deportivo La Coru?a in April 2004. David Beckham was fined 4,000 in September 2000, found guilty of spitting at canada goose coat 1000 calorie bariatric diet Merk and sarcastically applauding.

“The FFA and Harry Kewell are very appreciative of Fifa’s careful consideration of our submission and are pleased that no action will be taken in relation to this incident,” said chief executive John O’Neill. “As Harry said himself, the incident arose in the heat of the moment.” Australia’s assistant coach Graham Arnold said he believed referees were unfairly persecuting Australia. “Brazil would be the first to admit that we are not dirty,” he said. “We bright blue canada goose jacket have a reputation and an unfair reputation.”

Australia’s prime minister John Howard welcomed Kewell’s escape. “The good news is that Harry Kewell is going to be able to play,” he said. “I think it would have been a terrible shame otherwise. I mean, if we’re going to win this, we ought to win it with all our top blokes available. If we’re not click, well, it’s better that we don’t with all our top blokes available.”