The Socceroos legend was charged by the FA for violent conduct during a Championship match between Millwall FC and Fulham FC back in April. During the game, his elbow had caught the neck of Fulham player Ryan Fredericks.
After the match against Fulham, Millwall played just two more matches in the league as they failed to qualify for the playoffs. This means Cahill had served just two out of the three-match ban.
After the season ended in England, the Australian attacker joined ISL franchise Jamshedpur FC. According to rules, if a player doesn’t serve his ban during his time in a particular league, it gets carried forward to the next league the player joins.
A similar incident happened in 2014 when French striker Nicolas Anelka joined Mumbai City FC from West Bromwich Albion. Anelka was handed a five-match ban by the FA for performing an anti-Semitic gesture. Unfortunately, soon after FA’s decision, West Brom had decided to terminate the striker’s contract.
But the FA made sure that Anelka serves the ban period once he joins Mumbai in ISL. Anelka did miss the first five matches for his side in the inaugural edition of the league.
After signing a contract with Jamshedpur, Cahill had directly travelled to Spain and joined the side in their pre-season camp. He played in the club’s final pre-season match against Atletico Madrid ‘B’ side.