Iniesta avoids additional ban
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UEFA on Wednesday ruled against a proposal for Barcelona's Andres Iniesta to be suspended from the first leg of their Champions League semi-final clash with Real Madrid.

UEFA match officials had proposed suspending Iniesta for an extra match for allegedly incurring a yellow card deliberately, putting at risk his appearance in the 27 April clash in Madrid. But UEFA dismissed the call for the extra match suspension or even a fine for the midfielder, Barcelona said on their website.

"Andres Iniesta will be able to play in the away match of the Champions League semi-final against Real Madrid in the Santiago Bernabeu," Barcelona said in the statement.

"UEFA has dismissed a possible sanction against the midfielder after FC Barcelona appealed the European organisation's proposal to sanction him for an extra game for the yellow card received during the match against Shakhtar on April 6. "With the decision UEFA also ruled out any kind of financial penalty."

Iniesta picked up a yellow card during Barcelona's 5-1 win over Shakhtar Donetsk at Camp Nou on 6 April, meaning he missed the return leg but now has a disciplinary clean slate for the 27 April match against arch-rivals Real.