Alonso hits out after suspension denies him place in CL final

The midfielder was punished for a clumsy challenge on Bastian Schweinsteiger with a booking, which rules him out of the showpiece clash in May

Xabi Alonso has expressed his disappointment at the rule which will see him miss next month’s Champions League final.

The Real Madrid midfielder was booked for a needless 38th-minute lunge on Bayern Munich’s Bastian Schweinsteiger in Tuesday night’s clash at Allianz Arena and will now be suspended for the meeting with either Atletico Madrid or Chelsea in Lisbon.

It was the only blemish on an otherwise perfect night for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, for whom Sergio Ramos and Cristiano Ronaldo each scored twice in a 4-0 win which completed a 5-0 aggregate triumph.

“Personally it’s a big blow for me,” the former Real Sociedad and Liverpool man admitted to ITV.

Describing the incident with Schweinsteiger, he added: “I was on the ground and I saw the ref holding the yellow card.

“The rule is not fair at all. You play for 13 games and get three yellow cards and somehow…

“It will have to be changed, although now is not the time to discuss it.”

The suspension will rob Alonso of a third Champions League final appearance after playing for Liverpool in 2005 and 2007, both times against AC Milan.