Posted on March 21, 2007
Bayern Munich midfielder Mark van Bommel will be able to play in the second leg of Bayern Munich’s Champions League quarter-final against AC Milan as his two-match ban was halved to one today after a UEFA disciplinary tribunal ruling on Wednesday in Nyon, Switzerland.
The Dutchman was sent off with a second yellow at the end of Bayern’s 2-1 classifying victory over visitors Real Madrid at the Allianz Arena on March 7th, the player childishly making a meal out of his position on the edge of the box.
UEFA had previously said it was doubling the sanction – usually just a one-match ban – by taking into account the offensive gestures he made to Bernabéu spectators during the first leg in Madrid.
He’s still out of the first leg of the quarter-final, to be played at San Siro on April 3rd, but he’s perfectly available to Hitzfeld for the return leg back in Munich on April 11th.
Mark van Bommel has been cleared to appear for Bayern in the Champions League quarter-final return against AC Milan at the Allianz Arena on 11 April following a successful appeal to a.
“I’m satisfied,” the commented, his Coach also happy as to how UEFA rectified their initial stance. “I’m delighted UEFA have arrived at a reasonable verdict. I have to say I’m feeling a sense of relief,” Hitzfeld commented.
“No-one expected anything else, because you can’t give a two-game ban for two yellows,” Van Bommel added. “It’s been an odd feeling over the past few days, but I was always confident the verdict would be revised,” the Oranje man concluded.