Bayern launch Ribery appeal
Bayern Munich are to appeal against the three-match ban handed out to Franck Ribery on Wednesday.
Last Updated: 28/04/10 5:29pm
Bayern Munich are to appeal against the three-match ban handed out to playmaker Franck Ribery.
The Frenchman is set to miss next month's UEFA Champions League final with either Barcelona or Inter Milan after receiving the suspension on Wednesday following a meeting of Uefa's control and disciplinary body.
The ban comes after Ribery received a straight red card for a challenge on Lyon's Lisandro Lopez during his side's 1-0 semi-final first leg win at the Allianz Arena last week.
The Frenchman has already served an automatic one-match suspension which forced him to miss his side's 3-0 win in the return leg at Stade Gerland on Tuesday night.
The German side are now set to appeal the decision, believing it is 'absolutely wrong'.
The club said in a statement: "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."