UEFA won't wipe Champions League bans for players
LONDON (AP) — The global soccer players' union says UEFA has rejected its appeal to allow six suspended Bayern Munich and Chelsea players to play in the Champions League final.
Bayern's David Alaba, Holger Badstuber and Luiz Gustavo, and Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires are serving one-match UEFA bans for receiving their third yellow cards in the competition.
FIFPro says it is "disproportionate" that players should miss the final in Munich on May 19 after receiving a yellow card in the semifinals.
But FIFPro says "UEFA states the rule will stay in force for the coming three years."
A yellow-card amnesty rule already applies after the quarterfinals stage in UEFA's European Championship and FIFA's World Cup.