Ribery will miss final
Franck Ribery will miss the Champions League final after an appeal against his three-game ban was rejected.
Last Updated: 17/05/10 8:26pm
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery will miss the UEFA Champions League final after an appeal against his three-game ban was rejected.
Ribery was shown a straight red card in the first leg of their semi-final victory over Lyon for a late and high challenge on Lisandro Lopez.
He was handed a three-game ban by Uefa and saw an initial bid to have the ban reduced rejected by European football's governing body earlier this month.
The France international then decided to take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, but they too have rejected his pleas.
Ribery will now not feature in Saturday's showdown with Inter Milan at Real Madrid's Santiago Bernabeu stadium.
A CAS statement read: "The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rendered its final decision in the appeal filed by FC Bayern Munich and Franck Ribery against the decision taken by the UEFA Appeals Body on May 5, 2010.
"This expedited procedure was referred to a CAS Panel composed of Mr Bernhard Welten (Switzerland) President, Dr Stephan Netzle (Switzerland) and Dr Andras Gurovits (Switzerland).
"A hearing was held at the CAS headquarters today, during which the parties and their legal representatives were heard.
"The CAS Panel has dismissed the appeal and confirmed the three-game suspension imposed by the UEFA appeals body on the Bayern Munich player Franck Ribery.
"Accordingly, the player will not be eligible to play in the final of the 2010 Champions League.
"The reasons for the decision will be published by the CAS in a few days."