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May 9, 2013

Rafinha ban doubled after Dortmund red

Bayern Munich right-back Rafinha has been handed a two-match ban and fined €15,000 by the German Football Association (DFB), following his sending off against Borussia Dortmund at the weekend.

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The Brazilian right-back, deputising for Bayern captain Philipp Lahm in the dress rehearsal of the Champions League final, was sent off for two bookable offences during the second half of the Bundesliga game, which ended in a 1-1 draw.

When walking off the pitch, Rafinha poked his finger in the face of Dortmund's Jakub Blaszczykowski, whom he had elbowed only moments before.

The incident led to heated discussions on the sidelines between Dortmund boss Jurgen Klopp and Bayern general manager Matthias Sammer, on the day that marked the 11th anniversary of Sammer winning the Bundesliga title as Dortmund coach.

On Wednesday, the DFB announced that an extra game had been added to Rafinha's one-match ban. With only two games left to play in the 2012-13 season, this means the Bayern defender will not be able to add to his 13 Bundesliga appearances this season.

Meanwhile, his future at Bayern remains unclear. According to a report in kicker earlier this week, the Brazilian could be looking to leave during the summer in his quest for more playing time. Rafinha's current Bayern contract runs until 2014.

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