Franck Ribery will miss Bayern Munich's Champions League final clash with Inter Milan after UEFA rejected his appeal against the red card he received in the semi-final.
The French forward was given his marching orders in the first leg at the Allianz Arena for an ugly lunge on Olympique Lyonnais forward Lisandro Lopez, and after missing the second leg of his side's 4-0 aggregate victory he will now serve the remainder of his three-match ban, after an appeal was rejected at a hearing in Nyon on Wednesday.
The club's chairman, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, attended the hearing to plead the 27-year-old's case but to no avail. Disappointed with the outcome, the club is now preparing to take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne, hoping to finally getting the ruling overturned.
Assuming that the move is unsuccessful, it means Ribery will have to watch the showpiece final — which takes place on May 22 at the Santiago Bernabeu in Madrid — from the stands.
It could prove a sad ending to Ribery's career with the Bavarian giants, as the left-sided forward is widely tipped to make a move to either Real Madrid, Barcelona or Chelsea in the summer.
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