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Boateng handed two-match ban

Bayern centre-back Jérôme Boateng has been suspended for two league matches by a German FA (DFB) disciplinary tribunal following his sending-off in the weekend meeting with Hamburger SV. Boateng misses the final Bundesliga fixture of the season at home to VfB Stuttgart this Saturday and the first game of the new season in mid-August. The 25-year-old was red-carded by referee Marco Fritz after 86 minutes of last Saturday’s match for striking the home team’s Kerem Demirbay. Boateng remains eligible for the DFB Cup final against Borussia Dortmund.

Cup final duty for Olympic star Höfl-Riesch

Three-time Olympic gold medallist Maria Höfl-Riesch will carry the golden DFB Cup trophy into Berlin Olympic Stadium prior to the final between Bayern and Borussia Dortmund on 17 May. “When I was asked if I would take on this task, I didn’t hesitate for a second,” the former downhill ski ace told Sport Bild Plus, “it's a great honour.” The 29-year-old’s predecessors as trophy-bearer include model Eva Padberg, former swimmer Franziska van Almsick, biathlete Magdalena Neuner and kick boxer Christine Theiss.

Götze and Müller equal personal bests

Mario Götze and Thomas Müller equalled their own personal bests in Hamburg. Two-goal Götze is now up to ten for the season, the same as his pervious best last term. Müller scored his 13th on the campaign, equal to his PBs from the 2009/10 and 2012/13 seasons.