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Chelsea boss Di Matteo wants yellow card suspensions to be overturned for Champions League final

The Blues' interim manager would welcome a reprieve for the three players from both sides who are banned for the Munich showpiece next month but admitted it is unlikely to happen.

Chelsea interim boss Roberto Di Matteo has revealed he would be willing to join forces with Bayern Munich in an attempt to overturn the yellow-card bans that will see six players miss the Champions League final.

However, Di Matteo believes it would be a very difficult task to convince UEFA chiefs to make an exception and change the rule for the clash at the Allianz Arena in May.

Chelsea will be without Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and John Terry - though the Blues' skipper received a straight red and has no chance of playing in the showpiece.

Meanwhile the German giant will be missing defenders Holger Badstuber and David Alaba as well as midfield enforcer Luiz Gustavo.

When asked if Chelsea would consider a joint approach with Bayern to try to get UEFA to change the ruling, Di Matteo told “If there's any possibility, we would consider it, of course. But I think it would prove very difficult."

With it looking increasingly likely that the club’s protests will fall on deaf ears, the Italian has called for a rule change next season, which would see all players' slates wiped clean after the quarterfinals.

“Maybe they'll look at it and maybe change it for the future. Right now, it would be difficult," he said. "It'll be nice if they did that."

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