Bayern Munich are hoping Uefa will be lenient with Franck Ribery following his red card against Lyon.
Ribery was sent off in the 37th minute of the 1-0 Champions League semi-final first leg win against Lyon for a challenge on Lisandro.
The Frenchman is facing at least a one-game ban and Bayern desperately hope it will not be longer than that.
“He didn’t lunge at him with his leg,” said Bayern coach Louis van Gaal. “It is a harsh red card, but you can give it.
“Franck gave the referee the chance to send him off by standing on his foot for longer than necessary.
“I hope he only gets banned for one match.”
Ribery’s team-mate Arjen Robben said: “It has been a tough week for him but we have got to help him because we need him.
“On Saturday we have a very important game against Borussia Monchengladbach and it could decide the title so we need him.”
Bayern defender Philipp Lahm believes Ribery does not deserve to be banned for the final if the German side get there.
“If we do make it to the final, then he would deserve to be part of it,” said Lahm.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge was disappointed with the decision to show Ribery a red card.
“It’s unfortunate that the referee gave a red card,” he said. “But we cannot change it and we have got to accept it and hope that UEFA are not too harsh on him so that he could be in final and that the ban reflects the incident.”
Bayern’s director of sport Christian Nerlinger admitted he was “shocked” at the decision.
“I have seen it again on TV and maybe you can give him a yellow card,” he said. “We hope he is treated like it was a yellow card. I was very shocked, but the referee has taken this decision and we are not going to criticise him.”