The Canadian Press - ONLINE EDITION
UEFA rejects Real Madrid protest over Xabi Alonso ban in Champions League final
NYON, Switzerland - UEFA has dismissed a protest lodged by Real Madrid over midfielder Xabi Alonso's suspension for the Champions League final.
UEFA disciplinary rules do not allow appeals against automatic one-match bans.
Xabi Alonso was shown a yellow card for fouling Bayern Munich midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger in the semifinal, second-leg match last week.
His third booking of the competition triggered a one-match suspension.
Madrid plays city rival Atletico in the May 24 final in Lisbon, Portugal.
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