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Bayern lose appeal over Ribery

Franck Ribery will miss the Champions League Final against Internazionale after Bayern Munich failed to win their appeal over his three-match suspension.

The France star missed the second leg of last month's 4-0 aggregate semi-final victory over Lyon after being sent off in the first leg.

Ribery was shown a straight red card for a reckless high tackle on Lyon's Lisandro Lopez during a 1-0 first-leg success at the Allianz Arena on April 21.

Bayern had hoped to overturn the three-match ban which UEFA had imposed. but Ribery will now miss the May 22 showdown with Inter in Madrid.

However, the Bundesliga side could still appeal the punishment at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Speaking ahead of the appeal, Bayern had criticised the severity of the punishment.

"We do not understand this decision in any way and consider it absolutely wrong," read a club statement.

"Franck Ribery can certainly not be accused of violating his opponent intentionally. The player Lisandro Lopez was able to continue the game.

"Bayern and Franck Ribery will not accept the decision, but appeal and exhaust all possibilities."

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