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May 2, 2012

UEFA won't change suspension rules

UEFA has refused to change its rules on bans for multiple yellow cards in the Champions League for at least three years and revealed that neither Chelsea nor Bayern Munich appealed for their suspended players to be involved in this year's final.

• UEFA upholds Champions League bans

Six players will miss May's showpiece at the Allianz Arena after picking up cautions in the semi-finals, with Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles sidelined for Chelsea, while Bayern will be without Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber.

International players' union FIFPro appealed for clemency in the aftermath of last week's semi-final second legs, but the plea was swiftly rejected by UEFA.

The current rules stipulate that any player booked in three separate games from the group stage onwards must serve a one-match ban, but there have been widespread calls for it to be adapted when a place in the final is at stake.

However, UEFA and the European Clubs' Association have together decided that there will be no changes to the laws until at least 2015.

Michael van Praag, the Dutch UEFA executive committee member who is head of the body's Champions League Rules group, was quoted on FIFPro's website saying: "We have just had three sessions with representatives of the European Clubs' Association and others, in which we confirmed the rule for the coming three years.

"We did not receive any request whatsoever concerning the yellow card rule, not even from the representative of Bayern Munich. And so we will be continuing the rule for the next three years.''

UEFA will wipe the slate clean for yellow cards after the quarter-finals in Euro 2012 but Van Praag defended the apparent inconsistency.

"Different rules can apply in different competitions," he said. "The current rules are the result of a careful, democratic procedure.''

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