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Mikel desperate for banned Chelsea player's to make final

Mikel John Obi believes Uefa should overturn suspensions on those Chelsea players who will miss the Champions League final. John Terry was sent off against Barcelona and will miss the final against Real Madrid or Bayern Munich as a result.

He will be joined on the sidelines by Ramires, Branislav Ivanovic and Raul Meireles - all of whom picked up one-match bans after being booked.

Asked if he felt his team-mates have been robbed, the Nigeria international said: "Yes, the yellow cards should be cancelled going into a final and Uefa should look into that.

"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 JT one was soft from what I saw and it was a yellow card. I think Sanchez made the most of it.

"Alexis did the same to me as well. He got me yellow carded. There was a little touch and he rolled on the ground 10 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."

Fifa changed their rules for the 2010 World Cup to provide an amnesty after the quarter-finals to ensure no player could miss the final through a booking in the last four.

For Uefa to do the same, the Club Competitions Committee would have to propose a rule change, but it would not come in time for this year's final.

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