Red card in cup clash was unfair, says Ribery

The Frenchman was sent off during Bayern Munich's 2-0 DFB-Pokal clash with Augsburg last month, and he believes that star players are unfairly victimized.
Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery has slammed the official's decision to hand him a red card in the DFB-Pokal fixture against Augsburg in December.

The Frenchman was sent off after a clash with Koo Ja-Cheol during his side's 2-0 victory at the SGL Arena, and he believes that the decision was undeserved.

"The red was unfair," the 29-year-old told Kicker. "Someone else wouldn't have received a red card [for the incident]. "Of course I fouled Koo, but I was about to apologize, then he provoked me and I fell for his game. If the referee is sending me off, he has to do the same to Koo, because he had his hand in my face as well."

The red card means Ribery will miss the quarterfinal cup clash against rival Borussia Dortmund, something that stings the French international even more.

"When I heard that I will be absent against Dortmund of all teams, I was very disappointed. It damped my spirit, because I didn't say anything bad in this situation," Ribery said. "A different player wouldn't have seen red, I'm sure. But as soon as a big name comes into play, things like that happen. Now I'll just have to deal with it and hope that we can push us through against Dortmund."

Bayern currently enjoys a nine-point lead over second-placed Bayer Leverkusen and a 12-point edge over Dortmund in the Bundesliga, and it will meet Greuther Furth in a Bavarian derby when league play resumes on Jan 19.

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