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Anatoliy Tymoshchuk

Stoppage Time: Champions League final tarnished by suspensions

You may have never heard of David Alaba, a 19-year-old Austria international who is one of the rising stars in soccer. In just a few days, you should be introduced to him in the Champions League final when Bayern Munich plays Chelsea.But even if you are, you will not see him play Saturday.It is your loss, really. Heck, it is a loss for the entire sport.Thank you, UEFA. Yes, that is more than a hint of sarcasm.Alaba is not injured, just the victim of UEFA's outdated and harsh card system that has prevented him from playing in a match Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho once said was "bigger than the World Cup."One of the reasons Bayern overcame midseason struggles to advance to the final at its own Allianz Arena, Alaba is reduced to just a spectator because he was the recipient of three yellow cards over a six-match span.The third, a harmless sliding challenge when a pass hit his arm, cost him a spot in the final.At least UEFA has given him plenty of company in the stands as two more Bayern...

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