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Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham boss escapes touchline ban over late Champions League kick-off

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

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.

Mauricio Pochettino will be aiming to win his first piece of silverware as Tottenham boss on June 1

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Mauricio Pochettino will be aiming to win his first piece of silverware as Tottenham boss on June 1

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.

The first indiscretion earns a warning, as Ajax boss Erik Ten Hag has received, and a repeat offence earns a one-match touchline ban, which is always suspended.

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.

Pochettino’s outburst at Mike Dean at Turf Moor back in February earned him a two-game ban

Pochettino’s outburst at Mike Dean at Turf Moor back in February earned him a two-game ban

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.

He has already served a two-match Premier League ban after he accosted referee Mike Dean at the end of his side’s defeat at Burnley in February.

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

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