Barca to appeal bans for final
Barcelona will appeal against Eric Abidal and Dani Alves' suspensions for the Champions League final.
Last Updated: 09/05/09 6:49pm
Barcelona have announced they intend to appeal against the suspensions of Eric Abidal and Dani Alves for the UEFA Champions League final.
Barca booked their place in the Rome showpiece on Wednesday following a 1-1 draw at Chelsea, during which Abidal was shown a straight red card midway through the second half for a professional foul on Nicolas Anelka.
Fellow defender Alves was earlier booked for bundling over Ashley Cole, incurring a suspension for a second yellow card in the competition.
UEFA do not normally allow appeals against suspensions for the Champions League final but there were already calls for United to appeal against Darren Fletcher's red card in the other semi-final against Arsenal.
"Of course, we will appeal Abidal and Alves' cards out of respect for them," Barca coach Pep Guardiola told the club's official website.
Guardiola also said Fletcher should be allowed to play in the final and the referee, Roberto Rosetti, has since admitted it was harsh to have shown the United midfielder a straight red card for a foul on Cesc Fabregas.