Gobbi given three-match European ban

ROME - Fiorentina midfielder Massimo Gobbi has been banned from the Champions League for three matches after his red card for a high elbow in the Serie A side's last 16 first leg defeat at Bayern Munich last month.

Gobbi was sent off in the 73rd minute of the controversial match which Bayern won thanks to a late Miroslav Klose goal that both coaches agreed had been scored from an offside position. Fiorentina said they would appeal against the UEFA ban.

If the appeal fails Gobbi will miss next week's return in Florence and both legs of the quarter-final in the event that Fiorentina progress.