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Barcelona Star Free To Face Real Madrid In Champions League Semi-Final

Nou Camp hero cleared to play in Bernabeu clash.

Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta will not be banned for the Champions League semi-final against La Liga rivals Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old was facing a one-match ban after Uefa officials alleged he deliberately got himself booked against Shakhtar Donetsk in the previous round.

The yellow card he received in the 5-1 victory over the Ukrainian champions meant he missed the second leg of the quarter-final allowing him a clean sheet for the semi-final against Los Blancos.

If Iniesta was found guilty he would have been given an additional ban ruling him out of the the first-leg at the Bernabeu at least.

Barcelona appealed against the proposed suspension and Uefa have ruled in their favour allowing the Spanish World Cup winner to take the field.

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

“Uefa has dismissed a possible sanction against the midfielder after Barcelona appealed Uefa’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.”

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