April 28, 2010

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery will miss the Champions League final after being banned for three games on Wednesday by UEFA.

The French international was sent off for serious foul play in the first leg of Bayern's semifinal triumph over Lyon.

He already sat out Tuesday's 3-0 victory in Lyon, and the second game he will miss is the May 22 final in Madrid against either Barcelona or Inter Milan, who play later Wednesday.

Bayern has three days to appeal. After the first leg, Bayern chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge argued that the challenge was only worth a yellow card and that the sending off was harsh.

Ribery was ejected in the 37th minute of the first leg in Munich, which Bayern won 1-0, after he lost the ball and then stepped on the ankle of Lyon forward Lisandro.

The ban means he will also miss the first European game Bayern plays next season.

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