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May 17, 2010

Franck Ribery to miss final as CAS reject appeal

Bayern Munich's appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) over Franck Ribery's suspension for the Champions League final has failed, meaning the midfielder won't play in the game.

Ribery appealed to both UEFA and CAS after receiving the red card against Lyon for an over-the-ball tackle on Lisandro Lopez and was looking to turn the three-match ban into the standard one-match suspension (which he has already served).

However, after UEFA rejected their first appeal, CAS followed suit and Ribery will now miss out on the game against Inter Milan at the Bernabeu on Saturday.

A CAS statement read: ''The Court of Arbitration for Sport has rendered its final decision in the appeal filed by FC Bayern Munich and Franck Ribery against the decision taken by the UEFA Appeals Body on May 5, 2010.

''This expedited procedure was referred to a CAS Panel composed of Mr Bernhard Welten (Switzerland) President, Dr Stephan Netzle (Switzerland) and Dr Andras Gurovits (Switzerland).

''A hearing was held at the CAS headquarters today, during which the parties and their legal representatives were heard. The CAS Panel has dismissed the appeal and confirmed the three-game suspension imposed by the UEFA appeals body on the Bayern Munich player Franck Ribery.

''Accordingly, the player will not be eligible to play in the final of the 2010 Champions League. The reasons for the decision will be published by the CAS in a few days.''

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