Liverpool legend ‘gutted’ for Xabi Alonso after suspension

Former Liverpool star Jason McAteer calls for Uefa to change their rules after Xabi Alonso's suspension for Champions League final

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Xabi Alonso spent five years at Liverpool before joining Real Madrid Photo: Football.ua/Wikimedia

Jason McAteer has called on Uefa to change its rules on yellow cards after Real Madrid star Xabi Alonso was suspended for the Champions League final.

The former Liverpool midfielder picked up his third booking of Madrid’s Champions League campaign as Carlo Ancelotti’s side led 3-0 at Bayern Munich.

The 30-year-old Spain international dug deep to help his side see out a 4-0 victory and an emphatic 5-0 aggregate win at the holders on Tuesday night.

Alonso called for a rule change after the second leg. He said: “The rule is not fair at all, because you are playing for 13 games, three yellows cards is more than easy to be shown. It needs to be changed.”

And Liverpool legend McAteer feels Uefa need to rethink their rules after Alonso’s heart-breaking ban for the final in Lisbon next month.

Alonso, who left Liverpool in 2009, scored a penalty in normal time in the Reds’s Champions League triumph over AC Milan in Istanbul in 2005.

And Madrid manager Ancelotti admitted los Blancos were disappointed for their experienced midfielder.

“We are just sad that Xabi Alonso will miss the final,” Ancelotti said.

“The yellow card was unfair. Xabi very important for us and everyone is sad he will miss the final.”

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