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Spurs’ Pochettino avoids ban for ECL final

By AAP Newswire

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.

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.

Spurs have also been fined 20,000 euros ($A32,493) for the incident and received a separate 5,000 euros fine for a fan invading the pitch in their quarter-final against Manchester City.