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Bayern withdraw appeal against Kahn ban

Postby FCBayernNews » Thu Mar 29, 2007 4:20 pm

29.03.2007

After consultations on Thursday, the Bayern Munich board of directors and club captain Oliver Kahn have decided to withdraw their appeal against the one-match suspension imposed on the player by UEFA.

The German champions thus travel to the Giuseppe Meazza stadium to face AC Milan in next Tuesday's Champions League quarter-final first leg knowing they will be without their inspirational goalkeeper. The 37-year-old was banned for one match last week after being found guilty of inappropriate conduct at the doping control following his club's Round of 16 return against Real Madrid.

<b>Removing a distraction</b>

Kahn and the board initially lodged an appeal against the verdict, but the date for the tribunal to hear the appeal was set for next Monday, the eve of the game in Milan, with the player ordered to appear in person at UEFA headquarters in Nyon (see <a href="/en/news/news/2007/11319.php?fcb_sid=3c92d1de67d778023b6f1f77630adfdd" target="_top" class="content_link">report</a>).

Bayern have chosen not to appeal in order to clarify the situation ahead of a vital Bundesliga fixture at home to leaders Schalke on Saturday and the Milan trip three days later, eliminating a potential distraction for the players in the build-up to the crunch games.

<b>Rensing fired up</b>

Number two keeper Michael Rensing will deputise for Kahn at the San Siro. "I have no qualms whatsoever about picking Michael. I'm delighted for him. He's already played well for us against Milan a year ago," coach Ottmar Hitzfeld remarked. Rensing's solitary outing in the Champions League to date came in last season's 1-1 draw at the Allianz Arena in the Round of 16 first leg.

The Bayern boss has already spoken to the 22-year-old a number of times over the last few days, preparing him for the possibility of an appearance. "He's totally fired up for the match. I have complete faith in him, and so does the team," Hitzfeld declared.
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