UEFA reject Franck Ribery’s appeal against his three match ban

Soccer News by on 05-6-2010 filed under UEFA Champions League

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Franck Ribery's Red Card - Champions League Semi FinalFranck Ribery is set to miss the Champions League final against Inter Milan, because he will still be serving a 3 match ban imposed by UEFA. Ribery was shown the red card in the first leg of the semi-final against Lyon following a foul on Lisandro Lopez. Bayern Munich did lodge an appeal against the three match ban, but it has been rejected this Wednesday.

Bayern Munich have now decided to contact the (CAS) Court of Arbitration for Sport, in the hope of overturning EUFA’s decision and have Ribery available for the final which will be played at the Bernabeu stadium in Spain on the 22nd of May. If Bayern’s effort result fruitless, Frank Ribery will even miss the first European game of the coming season too. Nevertheless, during the second leg against Lyon, Bayern looked bright without Ribery too and we should see a very entertaining Champions League final!

Club chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge believes they have a strong case at the CAS and he’s optimistic of reducing the ban imposed on Ribery. In a statement released by the club, he said “Franck Ribery as well as our in-house counsel Dr. Gerlinger have in my view put an impressive case to the court that we are not dealing with violent conduct but merely a foul.”

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