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Bayern take Ribery appeal to CAS
06 May 2010 - 08:54:55
Chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has spoken of his disappointment after revealing that Bayern Munich will take their appeal over Franck Ribery's Champions League Final ban to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The Bundesliga side failed with an initial appeal to UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body to overturn the three-match ban handed down to the France winger.
Ribery was banned after being sent off in the first leg of Bayern's semi-final victory over Lyon for a reckless high tackle on Lisandro Lopez.
The three-match ban threatens to keep him sidelined for the May 22 final meeting with Internazionale in Madrid, but Bayern are refusing to accept the decision of UEFA to throw out their appeal.
"In my opinion, both Franck Ribery and our legal representative Dr Gerlinger convincingly illustrated that this was not violent conduct, but rather merely foul play," Rummenigge told the club's official website.
"In this case, the appeals body accepted it was a borderline case. However, the three-member tribunal has unfortunately not accepted Bayern's plea.
"We are very disappointed with the verdict and still cannot comprehend why this foul has been adjudged violent conduct.
"Immediately after the verdict was announced, we informed UEFA that we would exercise our right to appeal against the second verdict.
"We will continue our fight for a fair verdict, so that Franck Ribery can play in the Champions League final despite the suspension being upheld today."