Bay­ern to ap­peal as Thomas Mueller sus­pended for Reds tie

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- Bay­ern Mu­nich said yes­ter­day they will ap­peal the two-match Cham­pi­ons League sus­pen­sion handed to Thomas Mueller which means the Ger­many in­ter­na­tional will miss both legs of their last-16 tie against Liver­pool.

Euro­pean foot­ball's gov­ern­ing body UEFA handed Mueller a twom­atch ban yes­ter­day fol­low­ing his send­ing-off in the 3-3 draw away to Ajax in their fi­nal group game last month.

Mueller was shown the first straight red card of his ca­reer for kick­ing Ajax de­fender Ni­co­las Tagli­afico in the head.

The 29-year-old will def­i­nitely miss the away leg at An­field on Fe­bru­ary 19, but Bay­ern hope a suc­cess­ful ap­peal would mean Mueller could play the re­turn at the Al­lianz Arena on March 13.

Mueller apol­o­gised fol­low­ing the send­ing-off,


in­sist­ing he meant to kick the ball.

"No, no, of course I didn't mean to do it. It wasn't in­ten­tional," Mueller told re­porters, but Bay­ern coach Niko Ko­vac said the red card was the cor­rect de­ci­sion. Mueller has five goals and six as­sists in 25 matches in all com­pe­ti­tions this sea­son. Like Mueller, Ajax mid­fielder Max­i­m­il­ian Woe­ber has also been given a two-match sus­pen­sion for his hor­ror tackle, in the same game, on Bay­ern's Leon Goret­zka which also led to the Aus­trian in­ter­na­tional be­ing

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