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Ribéry verdict expected on 18 May

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The decision as to Franck Ribery’s eligibility to appear in the Champions League final against Inter Milan at Estadio Bernabeú in Madrid will be taken just four days prior to the game. “CAS should be in a position to announce a final verdict on 18 May 2010,” the International Court for Arbitration in Sport said in Lausanne on Monday.

The body is Bayern’s final court of appeal as they contest the suspension imposed on the France international. UEFA handed Ribéry a three-match ban following his sending-off in the Champions League semi-final first leg against Olympique Lyon, confirming the penalty on 5 May after Bayern’s first appeal. FCB have now taken their case to CAS.

“We still cannot understand why this foul is being regarded as violent conduct,” said Karl-Heinz Rummenigge: “We’ll try and have Franck Ribéry in the final right until all options are exhausted. I’m at least a little optimistic that we still have a chance. We now have a fifty-fifty chance.”