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Bayern will appeal decision...

Bayern Munich coach Louis van Gaal will have to make do without the services of French winger Franck Ribery in the Champions League final after UEFA handed the 27-year-old a three-match ban.

Ten minutes before half-time in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Lyon, Ribery lost control in the middle of the park and ended up delivering six studs to the shin of Lisandro Lopez with the referee showing no remorse and sending off the Frenchman.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was hopeful UEFA would hand Ribery only a one-match ban, but Europe's football governing body has decided differently and slapped the winger with a three-match ban.

The French international was banned for Tuesday night's second leg in Lyon, which means that the suspension now remains in place for two further games.

Bayern have confirmed they will appeal the decision.

"Uefa informed us of the decision, arguing that Franck Ribéry was guilty [of serious foul play]," a Bayern statement read.

"We do not understand this decision in any way and consider it absolutely wrong.

"Franck Ribéry can certainly not be accused of violating his opponent intentionally. The player Lisandro López was able to continue the game. Bayern and Franck Ribéry will not accept the decision, but appeal and exhaust all possibilities."

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