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Pochettino avoids touchline ban over late kick-off

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Argentinian was sanctioned after the first leg of Spurs’ Champions League semi-final against Ajax failed to start on time.

Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino has escaped a touchline ban for the Champions League final against Liverpool.

Pochettino has been punished by UEFA for Spurs’ semi-final first leg against Ajax kicking off late, but his one-match sanction has been suspended for a year.

Managers of both clubs are held responsible if a Champions League game does not get under way on time, regardless of the circumstances, and it is the club’s second instance of the offence this season.

Tottenham's game against Ajax at their new stadium kicked off late
Tottenham’s game against Ajax at their new stadium kicked off late (Mike Egerton/PA)

It would have been a bitter blow for Pochettino not to have been in the dugout for the club’s biggest-ever game, against their Premier League rivals in Madrid on June 1.

The Argentinian has taken Spurs further in Europe than any other man before and his presence on the touchline is a big factor for his team.

Spurs have also been punished for a fan running on the pitch against Manchester City
Spurs have also been punished for a fan running on the pitch against Manchester City (Adam Davy/PA)

Spurs have also been fined 20,000 euros (£17,519) for the incident and received a separate 5,000 euros (£4,381) fine for a fan invading the pitch in their quarter-final against Manchester City.

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