French international misses Inter Milan tie.
Franck Ribery will miss the Champions League final against Inter Milan after his club Bayern Munich had their appeal against a three-match ban rejected.
The French midfielder missed the 3-0 win in the second leg of their semi-final against Lyon after he was sent off in the first tie in Germany.
Ribery, 27, was shown a straight red for a tackle on Lyon’s Lisandro Lopez.
The German club had hoped Uefa would cut the ban to one game and will appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“The decision was very tough,” said club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge. “We will fight on.”
Bayern believe Uefa’s control and disciplinary body’s punishment is too severe.
A club statement prior to the appeal read: “Uefa informed us of the decision, arguing that Franck Ribery was guilty of ‘serious foul play’.
“We do not understand this decision in any way and consider it absolutely wrong. Franck Ribery can certainly not be accused of violating his opponent intentionally. The player Lisandro Lopez was able to continue the game.
“Bayern and Franck Ribery will not accept the decision, but appeal and exhaust all possibilities.”
The final takes place in Madrid on 22 May and Ribery’s ban will also cover the first European match of next season. (BBC Sport)
We may not have heard the last of this. The decision was always unlikely to be overturned and if you watch the challenge again (see video below) its a tough one to call. Yes Lisandro Lopez was able to play on but arguably the tackle was over the top and perhaps UEFA didn’t want to set a precedent for allowing such red cards to be rescinded, especially for such a crucial match as the final.
What do you think? Red card to harsh or the right penalty?