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Ribery banned from Champions League final

Bayern Munich's Franck Ribery will miss next month's Champions League final after UEFA banned him for three matches for a serious foul in the semis.

Ribery banned from Champions League final
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The Frenchman was shown a straight red card for treading on the foot of Lyon striker Lisandro Lopez in the first-leg semi-final last Wednesday, which Bayern won 1-0 in Munich. He missed Tuesday’s 3-0 second-leg win while serving part of the ban.

The decision means he will miss the final in Madrid on May 22, against either Barcelona or Inter Milan, and will also sit out Bayern’s first game of next season’s Champions League campaign.

Shortly after the announcement, Bayern said they would appeal the decision.

“Franck Ribery and Bayern Munich will not accept this decision and will explore all avenues available,” said spokesman Markus Hoerwick.

Munich booked their place in the Champions League final with a superb performance on Tuesday in Lyon as their Croatian striker Ivica Olic scored a hat-trick in the 3-0 rout of the French side.

“That is a hard decision, it is a pity for both Franck and the team that he will miss the final,” said Olic, who has seven goals from this season’s European campaign. “He is an important player for us.”

Bayern Munich now have three days in which to appeal the decision as they bid to win the Champions League title, formerly known as the European Cup, for the fifth time. They last won the title in 2001.

It has been a difficult few weeks for Ribery who was questioned by French police recently as part of their investigations into the under-age call-girl scandal which has rocked France’s national football team.

But Bayern’s win at Lyon on Tuesday means they will receive at least €25.4 million from European football’s govening body UEFA for reaching this season’s Champions League final.

That figure includes €5.2 million for reaching the final and at least €20 million for their share of the television rights as around 9.42 million Germans watched Tuesday’s game.

Bayern’s bosses have said each player will make a bonus of a month and a half’s salary is they beat either Barcelona or Inter Milan.

Bayern are also the current Bundesliga leaders and face Werder Bremen in the German Cup final on May 15 at Berlin’s Olympic Stadium.

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Four injured as WWII bomb explodes near Munich train station

Four people were injured, one of them seriously, when a World War II bomb exploded at a building site near Munich's main train station on Wednesday, emergency services said.

Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich.
Smoke rises after the WWII bomb exploded on a building site in Munich. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Privat

Construction workers had been drilling into the ground when the bomb exploded, a spokesman for the fire department said in a statement.

The blast was heard several kilometres away and scattered debris hundreds of metres, according to local media reports.

Images showed a plume of smoke rising directly next to the train tracks.

Bavaria interior minister Joachim Herrmann told Bild that the whole area was being searched.

Deutsche Bahn suspended its services on the affected lines in the afternoon.

Although trains started up again from 3pm, the rail operator said there would still be delays and cancellations to long-distance and local travel in the Munich area until evening. 

According to the fire service, the explosion happened near a bridge that must be passed by all trains travelling to or from the station.

The exact cause of the explosion is unclear, police said. So far, there are no indications of a criminal act.

WWII bombs are common in Germany

Some 75 years after the war, Germany remains littered with unexploded ordnance, often uncovered during construction work.

READ ALSO: What you need to know about WWII bomb disposals in Germany

However, most bombs are defused by experts before they explode.

Last year, seven World War II bombs were found on the future location of Tesla’s first European factory, just outside Berlin.

Sizeable bombs were also defused in Cologne and Dortmund last year.

In 2017, the discovery of a 1.4-tonne bomb in Frankfurt prompted the evacuation of 65,000 people — the largest such operation since the end of the war in Europe in 1945.

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