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Football: Lewandowski wants three-match ban overturned

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Borussia Dortmund striker Robert Lewandowski will bid to have his three-match league ban overturned when he appears before the German Football Association's (DFB) disciplinary committee on Tuesday.

Lewandowski was banned after his first-half red card in the defending champions' shock 4-1 defeat at home to Hamburg last weekend and is suspended for Saturday's Bundesliga match with Eintracht Frankfurt.

The Poland striker was shown a straight red for a challenge on Hamburg midfielder Per Skjelbred in the 31st minute of the game.

"We believe the verdict is excessive and want a hearing," said Dortmund's sporting director Michael Zorc.

With 14 goals in 20 Bundesliga games, Lewandowski is Dortmund's leading scorer and coach Juergen Klopp would want him available for forthcoming matches against Borussia Moenchengladbach and Hanover 96.

"Many people have said a yellow card would have sufficed and we think it should be discussed again," said Klopp.

Lewandowski scored in Dortmund's 2-2 draw at Shakhtar Donetsk on Wednesday in the Champions League last 16 first-leg clash in Ukraine.

The return leg at Borussia's Signal Iduna Park stadium is on March 5.

On Friday, meanwhile, reports stated Lewandowski is set to join Bundesliga leaders Bayern Munich, but their coach Jupp Heynckes brushed off the claims.

"Our players are used to hearing again and again about speculation over new players," said the Munich boss after his team's 2-0 win at Wolfsburg send them 18 points clear at the top.

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