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FIFPro urge UEFA to overturn Champions League final bans

Hassan Izzo     on 26 Apr 2:35 pm     Football     497   0  


The international players' union has called on UEFA to wipe out the bans that would see six players miss the Champions League final on May 19th.

Bayern's David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo, plus Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires are serving one-match UEFA bans for getting their third booking in the competition.

On the international stage their is already a yellow card amnesty after the quarter stage of both UEFA's European Championship and FIFA's World Cup, with FIFPro saying it would "applaud" a similar rule being introduced for the Champions League.

FIFPro spokesman Simon barker argues it's "unreasonable and disproportionate" that players should miss "the match of the year" in Munich on May 19 after receiving a yellow card in the semifinals.

Barker added "Anybody committing a serious offence in the semi-final should be awarded a red card and miss the final.

"But the offences that result in a yellow card do not justify the serious punishment of missing the match of your life.

"For example, Alaba slipped over and gets the ball kicked against his hand - it is not right that such a player should miss the Champions League final because of this.

"Some people say that this will give players the licence to kick all and sundry during the semi-final, but that is utter nonsense.

"Any serious offence will result in a red card and that still means exclusion from the final."

It is not yet known what UEFA's response to this will be. In any case even if they did decide to overturn the bans John Terry would still be suspended as he was shown a straight red card.

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