Wednesday, 12th February, 2014

Paris Saint-Germain coach Laurent Blanc will not miss the start of the Champions League knockout round after UEFA converted his ban to a suspended sentence.

Blanc was due to watch PSG's clash against Bayer Leverkusen from the stands after being handed a one-match ban on 30th January, brought about by three late kick-offs.

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PSG, in addition, had been fined €10,000 for the cause, though yesterday's appeal has given Blanc some personal respite.

Blanc's one-match ban is now on a one-year probation, after UEFA found the delays in returning from half-time breaks in the concerned games were not his fault.


A statement read: "The UEFA Appeals Body carefully analysed the statements, documents and facts of the case submitted by Paris and Laurent Blanc, as well as the statements and documents submitted by the UEFA Disciplinary Inspector appointed to this case.

"[It] accepted the joint proposal to give the coach a one-match ban with a probationary period of one year, and a fine of €10,000.

"This decision is final and therefore not subject to appeal."

The matches in question were the group stage games against Benfica (home), Olympiacos (home) and Benfica (away), the latter coming on 10th December.

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