Bayern fret over Ribery ban

Bayern rally around Ribery

Ribery: Given his marching orders

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Bayern Munich are hoping Uefa will go easy on Franck Ribery following his red card against Lyon.

Ribery was sent off in the 37th minute of the 1-0 Champions League semi-final first leg win against Lyon for a heavy challenge on Lisandro.

The Frenchman is facing at least a one-game ban and Bayern desperately hope it will be no more than that.

"He didn't lunge at him with his leg," said Bayern coach Louis van Gaal. "It is a harsh red card, but you can give it.

"Franck gave the referee the chance to send him off by standing on his foot for longer than necessary.

"I hope he only gets banned for one match."

Tough week

Ribery's team-mate Arjen Robben, who scored the winning goal in the victory, said: "It has been a tough week for him but we have got to help him because we need him.

"On Saturday we have a very important game against Borussia Monchengladbach and it could decide the title so we need him."

Bayern defender Philipp Lahm believes Ribery does not deserve to be banned for the final if the German giants get there.

"If we do make it to the final, then he would deserve to be part of it," said Lahm.


Despite Ribery's suspension for the return leg Thomas Muller is still confident that Bayern can finish off the job in France.

"We have 25 men in our squad and can replace anybody," noted Muller. "We have already seen this.

"Even when we had 10 men, it was a case of all for one and one for all. We worked and fought really hard together.

"We have shown that we can beat Lyon. If we can beat them at home, then we can also beat them away."