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UEFA Won’t Rescind Champions League Suspensions for 6 Players

May 02, 2012

Three players each from Bayern Munich and Chelsea will miss the Champions League soccer final after an appeal of their suspensions was rejected.

Bayern’s David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luis Gustavo, and Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires must sit out the May 19 title match in Munich after picking up their third yellow cards of the competition during the semifinal round. Players union FIFPro appealed the bans to European soccer’s governing body UEFA.

“UEFA said it will not respond to the appeal for clemency for the six players, who will have to miss the coming Champions League final because they were awarded a yellow card in the second match of their semifinal,” FIFPro said in a statement on its website. “In fact, UEFA states the rule will stay in force for the coming three years.”

UEFA wipes out all yellow cards awarded to players after the European Championships and world governing body FIFA does the same for the World Cup.

“Different rules can apply in different competitions,” Michael van Praag, head of UEFA’s Champions League rules groups, said on FIFPro’s website. “The current rules are a result of a careful, democratic procedure.”

Van Praag added that UEFA “did not receive any request whatsoever concerning the yellow-card rule, not even from the representative of Bayern Munich” during the meeting in which the rule was extended.

Chelsea captain John Terry will also miss the final after receiving a red card in the second semifinal game against Barcelona.

To contact the reporter on this story: Bob Bensch in London at bbensch@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Christopher Elser at celser@bloomberg.net.


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