Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel thinks the three players who are suspended from the Champions League final should have their bans rescinded.
The midfielder was also booked but was not already on a caution so will be available for the game, but he admitted the four who will miss the game through suspension.
John Terry’s red card for kneeing Alexis Sanchez means he joins Branislav Ivanovic, Ramires and Raul Meireles on the suspended list – the latter three being the bookings that Mikel thinks to be so unjust.
“The yellow cards should be cancelled going into a final and UEFA should look into that,” he is quoted as saying in The Telegraph.
“When you get to the final everyone wants to see the best players and it's a shame that JT, Ivanovic, Meireles and Ramires won't play.”
The Nigeria international felt that Barcelona’s Chilean winger was overreacting to minimal contact and accused him of doing the same when Mikel received his own booking for a late foul.
The defensive midfielder confirmed the players who are set to miss out were understandably devastated, but was confident Roberto di Matteo’s side could lift the trophy for those set to miss out.
“The JT one was soft from what I saw and it was a yellow card. I think Sanchez made the most of it,” he added.
“Alexis did the same to me as well. He got me yellow carded. There was a little touch and he rolled on the ground ten times. He definitely made the most of it.
“The four players were devastated in the dressing room. They’re happy for the team but are very disappointed to not be in the final. We will go out to win the trophy for them.”
Chelsea will find out who they are to face in the final on May 19 in Munich, as Real Madrid take on Bayern Munich at the Santiago Bernabeu, with the German side leading 2-1 from the first leg.