Chelsea and Bayern Champions League final bans should be scrapped, says FIFPro
13:05 GMT, 26 April 2012
The international players' union FIFPro have called for six of the seven players banned for next month Champions League final to be allowed to play.
Three of Chelsea's heroic team – Branislav Ivanovic, Raul Meireles and Ramires – who beat Barcelona on Tuesday will miss the match in Munich, while the same amount – Luiz Gustavo, David Alaba and Holger Badstuber – will miss out for Bayern.
John Terry, however, has not been included in FIFPro's please following his straight red card for an off the ball incident involving Alexis Sanchez.
Yellow mellow: Raul Meireles is one of six players who will miss the Champions League final having picked up a yellow card in the semis
A statement said: 'FIFPro pleads for acquittal. FIFA ruled that, starting with the World Cup 2010, yellow cards awarded to players would be waived after the quarter finals.
'This means that a card awarded in the semi-final would no longer mean that the player could miss the match of his life, as, for example, happened to Michael Ballack in the 2002 World Cup.
'Everybody remembers the tears of Paul Gascoigne, when he was shown the fatal yellow card during the semi-final against West Germany in the 1990 World Cup.
'The FIFA ruling has been adopted by the UEFA and will apply during the coming EURO 2012. Anybody who is awarded a red card or two yellow cards in the semi-final will, of course, be excluded from the final.
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'FIFPro applauds this decision. A final
of the World Cup or European Championship is a ‘once-in-a-lifetime’
experience, one which a player works for throughout his career. That he
should miss this because of a sometimes petty or unfortunate offence is,
in the eyes of the worldwide players’ union FIFPro, unreasonable and
'In addition, all footballs fans want to see the best players in action in ‘the match of the year’, which is played under the eyes of the world.
'Unfortunately, this ruling has not yet been adopted in the Champions League, yet the same arguments apply as for the World Cup and European Championship finals.
'FIFPro therefore proposes that from now on, yellow cards awarded after the first semi-final of the Champions League should be waived.'
Simon Barker of FIFPro: 'Anybody committing a serious offence in the semi-final should be awarded a red card and miss the final. But the offences that result in a yellow card do not justify the serious punishment of missing the match of your life.
'Alaba who slips over and gets the ball kicked against his hand; it is not right that such a player should miss the Champions League final because of this.'
No excuses: John Terry will certainly not be exempt
The Technical Committee added: 'Some people say that this will give players the licence to kick all and sundry during the semi-final, but that is utter nonsense.
'Any serious offence will result in a red card and that still means exclusion from the final. Incidentally, yellow cards awarded in the final don’t have any further consequences, and that hasn’t given rise to rough matches has it'
Chelsea's Jon Mikel Obi has already pleaded the case for his team-mates, saying: 'Yes, the yellow cards should be cancelled going into a final and Uefa should look into that.'