Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE DEBATE

The New Normal: Trump's first 100 days in office (part 1)

Read more

THE DEBATE

The New Normal: Trump's first 100 days in office (part 2)

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

High school students make their voice heard while Marine goes fishing

Read more

FOCUS

Burma's citizens still jailed for speaking their minds

Read more

INSIDE THE AMERICAS

Colombia: FARC disarmament leads to baby boom

Read more

PEOPLE & PROFIT

French presidential election: Comparing Macron and Le Pen's economic proposals

Read more

ENCORE!

Deep Purple: 'To plan a last gig, that's very frightening!'

Read more

THE CAMPAIGN BEAT

#SansMoiLe7Mai: Voters debate whether to abstain in French run-off

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Kenya: At least one dead in violence linked to election primaries

Read more

Sports

Bayern's Ribéry ruled out of Champions League final

Text by News Wires

Latest update : 2010-05-17

French playmaker Franck Ribéry will not play with his team, Bayern Munich, in Saturday's Champions League final after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) rejected his appeal against a three match ban on Monday.

AFP - Bayern Munich's French playmaker Franck Ribery will not play in Saturday's Champions League final after his appeal against a three match ban was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on Monday.

"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," international sport's top court said.

"Accordingly, the player will not be eligible to play in the final of the 2010 Champions League," it added in a statement.

European football's governing body imposed a three-match suspension on Ribery after he was sent off for a foul in the Champions League semi-final first leg clash with Lyon.

Bayern had been trying to overturn or cut the UEFA penalty before Bayern's Champions League final against Inter Milan on Saturday.

Ribery had earlier appeared at the hearing at CAS headquarters in the Swiss city of Lausanne with Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and club lawyers.

The German side had lost a first appeal at UEFA last week.

Rummenigge has acknowledged a foul but insisted that the ban penalty was too harsh for a hard tackle and should be reduced to one match.

UEFA officials felt his tackle on Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez was dangerous and tantamount to an assault.

The CAS said it would issue its full reasons in a few days, but the court's secretary general, Matthieu Reeb, told AFP that arbitrators were reluctant to interfere in refereeing judgements.

"The CAS, in accordance with regular practice, was very prudent in ruling on circumstances on the field of play," he explained, adding that it was a "borderline case."

Ribery has already served one match of his European ban by being sidelined from the second leg in Lyon on April 27.
 

Date created : 2010-05-17

  • FOOTBALL

    Bayern win German Cup with 4-0 demolition of Bremen

    Read more

  • CHAMPIONS LEAGUE

    Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery loses appeal against three match ban

    Read more

  • FRENCH FOOTBALL

    Ribéry's family 'hurt' by sex scandal

    Read more

COMMENT(S)