Ribery loses appeal
Bayern Munich are to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport after Franck Ribery lost his appeal against his Champions League ban.
Last Updated: 05/05/10 7:49pm
Bayern Munich are to go to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after Franck Ribery lost his appeal to Uefa against his Champions League final ban.
The playmaker was hoping to overturn a three-match ban imposed for his over-the-top semi-final challenge on Lisandro Lopez, for which he received a straight red card.
But the German giants failed to overturn the ban at an appeal hearing at European football's governing body on Wednesday, meaning Ribery will now miss the 22nd May showpiece against Inter Milan in the Bernabeu.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge attended the hearing and afterwards confirmed the ban.
But the German football legend claimed the decision was too harsh and said Bayern would lodge another appeal with the CAS, possibly next week.
Rummenigge said in a statement released by the club: "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.
"The committee rated this case as a borderline case. Nevertheless the three-person committee unfortunately did not follow FC Bayern's plea.
"We are very disappointed by this judgment and still cannot comprehend that this foul was judged as violent conduct.
"We told Uefa immediately after the verdict that we will also appeal against this judgment. We will continue to fight for justice so that Franck Ribery, despite the confirmation of the ban, can still play in the Champions League final."
Ribery was originally handed an automatic one-match ban for the dismissal and had hoped Uefa's punishment would stop at that.
But the governing body extended the suspension at a meeting of the organisation's control and disciplinary panel on 28th April.
Ribery also stands to miss the first European game of next season if his appeal to CAS fails.