Bayern Munich Ask UEFA to Cut Short Franck Ribery Ban
Bayern Munich could be without winger Franck Ribery for the UEFA Champions League final next month. The UEFA banned Ribery for three matches after he was given a red card in last week’s 1-0 victory against Lyon in their Champions League semifinal first leg. Bayern said they would appeal the ban as they had initially thought that Ribery would only miss one game. Ribery did not play in Bayern’s 3-0 thrashing of Lyon that allowed the Bundesliga side to advance to the final on May 22.
A statement by Bayern said that the UEFA slapped the three-match suspension because it believed that Ribery caused serious harm to Lyon’s Lisandro Lopez, who went down after being tackled by the Bavarian winger. However, Bayern insist that the punishment was too much considering that Lopez was able to continue playing. “Ribery can certainly not be accused of violating his opponent intentionally…Bayern and Franck Ribery will not accept the decision, but appeal and exhaust all possibilities,” the German club said in a statement.
Bayern will face the winner between Inter Milan and Barcelona, which the Italian team currently lead 3-1 on goals. The second leg of the Inter-Barca semifinal will be held on April 28.