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Real to appeal Alonso booking
Created on May. 03, 2014 4:00 PM EST
Real Madrid will appeal Xabi Alonso's suspension for this month's UEFA Champions League final, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.
Alonso was booked in the first half of Real's 4-0 semi-final second leg win over Bayern Munich for a clumsy foul on Bastian Schweinsteiger.
The yellow card was the Spain international's third of the tournament, ruling him out of the final against city rivals Atletico Madrid in Lisbon on May 24.
Real were already 3-0 ahead – and 4-0 up on aggregate – when Alonso committed his foul, and he later claimed missing the final was a "shame" and that being banned for the final due to an accumulation of yellow cards was an "unfair rule".
He could still feature in the showpiece though, after Ancelotti told reporters on Saturday that the decision would be appealed.