Bayern Munich’s Franck Ribery will miss the Champions League final after the UEFA Control and Disciplinary Body suspended the winger for three UEFA club competition matches for assault.
Ribéry received a red card for serious foul play in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Lyon in Munich on 21 April.
The French international was banned for last night’s second leg in Lyon, which means that the suspension now remains in place for two further games – the UEFA Champions League final in Madrid on 22 May and the following match in any UEFA club competition for which he is eligible.
Bayern have three days in which to appeal against the decision.
The German side has confirmed that it will appeal the decision, believing it is ‘absolutely wrong’.
The club said in a statement: “UEFA informed us of the decision, arguing that Franck Ribery was guilty [of serious foul play]. We do not understand this decision in any way and consider it absolutely wrong.
“Franck Ribery can certainly not be accused of violating his opponent intentionally. The player Lisandro Lopez was able to continue the game.
“Bayern and Franck Ribery will not accept the decision, but appeal and exhaust all possibilities.”