Bayern Munich will take their case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) after Franck Ribery lost his appeal to Uefa against his Champions League final ban.
The playmaker was hoping to overturn a three-match ban imposed for semi-final challenge on Lisandro Lopez, for which he received a straight red card.
But the German side failed to overturn the ban at an appeal hearing at European football’s governing body on Wednesday, meaning Ribery will now miss the 22nd May final.
Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who attended the hearing, claimed the decision was too harsh and said Bayern would lodge another appeal with the CAS, possibly next week.
Rummenigge said in a statement released by the club: “Franck Ribery as well as our in-house counsel Dr Gerlinger have in my view put an impressive case to the court that we are not dealing with violent conduct but merely a foul.
“The committee rated this case as a borderline case. Nevertheless the three-person committee unfortunately did not follow FC Bayern’s plea.
“We are very disappointed by this judgment and still cannot comprehend that this foul was judged as violent conduct.
“We told Uefa immediately after the verdict that we will also appeal against this judgment. We will continue to fight for justice so that Franck Ribery, despite the confirmation of the ban, can still play in the Champions League final.”