Bayern Munich’s Uli Hoeness: Italian influence over UEFA prevented us overturning Franck Ribery's ban

Nepotism at play inside European football’s governing body?
Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness launched a scathing attack on UEFA on Friday morning, indicating that his club had no chance of successfully appealing the ban that prevents Franck Ribery from playing in the Champions League final against Inter Milan.

Hoeness claimed that the competitions ruling body contains too many actors with a vested interest in the Italian club for the suspension to be overturned. Ribery was sent off on the grounds of violent conduct, after the winger challenged Olympique Lyonnais’ Lisandro Lopez dangerously late in the first leg of the clubs' semi-final.

“At UEFA, there are too many Italians who have interests,” Hoeness complained, according to German news agency SID.

“The referee [who sent off Ribery, Roberto Rosetti] was an Italian and among the people who have a role in UEFA, there are many Italians and not one German.”

FCB have chosen to take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), and Hoeness is confident that Ribery will get his chance to run out at the Bernabeu on May 22.

“I think we have a good chance,” he concluded.

The Bundesliga club stand on the cusp of a historical treble, though they will start the Champions League final as significant underdogs.

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