Scharner fears Wigan ban
By Simon Fudge
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Wigan Athletic's Paul Scharner fears he will be banned unless he plays for Austria.
Wigan Athletic centre back Paul Scharner admits he faces a four-match ban with his club, unless he plays for Austria.
The former Brann Bergen stopper fears the Austrians will try and force him out of international retirement, despite his decision to quit his country's national side last month.
The 26-year-old labeled the Austrian FA as being 'unprofessional' after falling out with manager Josef Hickersberger, stating his decision to retire was final.
However, Scharner may yet receive a call-up for next month's friendlies away to Liechtenstein and home to Switzerland, as Austria prepare to co-host Euro 2008.
The defender is concerned Fifa may hand him a four-game suspension, if he refuses to meet up with the Austrian squad in October.
"I have an agreement with the coach, but the Austrians could pick me and then I would have to go or be out for four games with Wigan," Scharner said in the Daily Mirror.
Scharner is not bothered at the prospect of missing out on Euro 2008, claiming Austria have little chance of doing well.
"It was a big target to play in Euro 2008, but when there's no chance of success, it's easy," he added.