Bayern to appeal Boateng`s three-match ban
Bayern Munich on Friday lodged an appeal against defender Jerome Boateng`s three-match ban, the German Football Federation (DFB) said.
Berlin: Bayern Munich on Friday lodged an appeal against defender Jerome Boateng`s three-match ban, the German Football Federation (DFB) said.
The Germany international was sent off early in Bayern`s 1-1 draw with Schalke 04 on Tuesday after bringing down Sidney Sam.
"The red card and the penalty were questionable. But a three-match ban, that`s simply too harsh," complained manager Pep Guardiola on Friday, arguing there was no "aggression involved" in his player`s late challenge.
The hearing will be held on Monday at the DFB headquarters in Frankfurt.
If the ban is upheld, Boateng will miss matches against Stuttgart, Hamburg SV and Paderborn.
The 26-year-old however is still eligible to play against Shakhtar Donetsk, in the first leg of the Champions League round of 16. The game, scheduled on 17th February, has been moved to Lviv (West of Ukraine) for security reasons.
Franck Ribery, who had a tear in his right hamstring, is expected be back in training on Monday. The French winger should be joined by Spanish midfielder Rafinha, who has injured a ligament in his left ankle.