Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness launched a scathing attack on UEFA on Friday morning, indicating that his club had no chance of successfully appealing Franck Ribery’s ban, which prevents the Frenchman from playing in the Champions League final against Inter.
Hoeness claimed that there are too many actors with a vested interest in the Italian club for the suspension, which was handed to Ribery on the grounds of violent conduct after the winger challenged Olympique Lyonnais’ Lisandro Lopez late and high in the semi-final first leg, to be overturned.
“At UEFA, there are too many Italians who have interests,” he complained, according to German news agency SID. “The referee [who sent off Ribery] was an Italian and among the people who have a role in UEFA, there are many Italians and not one German.”
FCB have elected to take the case to CAS [the Court of Arbitration for Sport], 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 start the Champions League final as significant underdogs.
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