Bayern to appeal Ribery ban


PARIS, April 30 – Bayern Munich are appealing Franck Ribery's three-match ban which would see him miss next month's Champions League final, UEFA confirmed on Thursday.The Frenchman was shown a straight red card for treading on the foot of Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez in the first-leg semi-final last Wednesday, which Bayern won 1-0 in Munich.

He then missed Tuesday’s 3-0 second-leg win while serving part of the ban.

UEFA’s decision means he will miss the final in Madrid on May 22, against Italian side Inter Milan.

The appeal date has not yet been fixed, but many former players in Germany have expressed their amazement that Ribery was given such a harsh ban.

"A red card was justified, but UEFA have gone well beyond that with the ban," said former international and TV pundit Guenter Netzer.

Former Germany striker Uwe Seeler also agreed.

"Missing the next game with a suspension, that would have been okay, but three matches?" he said.

"Fair play has to be taken into account, but that was too severe."

With Bayern still bidding for the treble of Bundesliga, German Cup and Champions League titles, Ribery’s team-mate Bastian Schweinsteiger says Ribery can still play a key role for the German giants.

"I hope he uses his anger for the matches we still have ahead," he said, with Bayern set to face Bochum on Saturday and Hertha Berlin on May 8 in the Bundesliga before facing Werder Bremen in the German Cup final on May 15.