Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Football Champions League final: Franck Ribery’s Champions League final ban.

The Frenchman was banned for three games for his red card on the first-leg of the Champions League semi-final clash with Lyon, as the sending off was classed as violent conduct.

Bayern Munich have accepted the Court of Arbitration’s decision to uphold Franck Ribery’s Champions League final ban.

Bayern felt that the decision was incorrect, and instead Ribery’s red card should have been classed as dangerous foul play instead, which would have resulted in a one game ban, which the winger has already served.

However, the Court of Arbitration have claimed that, due to legal reasons, they could not overturn UEFA’s decision, which Bayern have reluctantly accepted.

"FC Bayern Munich must and will accept and respect the judgement of the CAS," the Bundesliga club said in a press release.

"FC Bayern Munich took every legal route possible in the interest of the club, their supporters and of course Franck Ribery."

The move means that Ribery could well have played his final game for the German side, having intimated that he would be looking to move clubs in the summer, with both Chelsea and Real Madrid believed to be chasing his signature.


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