May 17, 2019 / 3:55 PM / 4 months ago

Soccer: Spurs boss Pochettino spared touchline ban for Champions League final

FILE PHOTO: Soccer Football - Champions League Semi Final First Leg - Tottenham Hotspur v Ajax Amsterdam - Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, London, Britain - April 30, 2019 Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino during the match Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Couldridge/File Photo

(Reuters) - Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino has been handed a suspended one-match touchline ban from European competitions after a late kick off in their Champions League semi-final against Ajax Amsterdam, UEFA said on Friday.

Pochettino’s punishment — deferred for a probation period of one year — means the Argentine will be on the touchline when Tottenham face Liverpool in an all-English Champions League final on June 1 in Madrid.

UEFA also fined Spurs 10,000 euros ($11,170) for the offence, while charges against the north London club also included “improper conduct of officials”.

UEFA’s control, ethics and disciplinary body also warned Ajax coach Erik ten Hag for his involvement in the late kick off in London.

Meanwhile, Barcelona were fined 20,000 euros for “insufficient organisation” during their 1-1 group stage draw with Spurs at Camp Nou in December last year.

Ajax were hit with a fine of 52,500 euros by UEFA after being found guilty of crowd disturbances, throwing of objects and blocked stairways in their Champions League quarter-final home leg against Juventus last month.

($1 = 0.8951 euros)

Reporting by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Keith Weir

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