Franck Ribery has had his hopes of playing in the Champions League Final dashed. Again.
After the Bayern Munich winger wash handed a three-game ban, the German club sought to overturn the decision with an appeal to UEFA. Bayern were unsuccessful, yet still unsatisfied. They turned to the Court of Arbitration for sport, who have now arbitrated, and decided to uphold the suspension. Ribery is out.
Taking a look at the tackle again, it’s not hard to see why:
It might not be malicious but it’s clumsy and very dangerous. Lisandro Lopez was lucky to escape without a serious ankle injury. If Bayern’s histrionics had taken place in the Premier League, Ribery’s ban would doubtless have been extended on the grounds of a frivolous appeal.
After the first ruling, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinze Rummenigge vowed “to fight on”. Hopefully he and his club now admit not only defeat, but that Ribery deserves his ban. The Champions League Final will be shorn of a great talent, but rules are rules.