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Club captains cautious of cautions

Published: Wednesday 26 April 2006, 1.06CET
Carles Puyol and Paolo Maldini, the captains of FC Barcelona and AC Milan, will walk a disciplinary tightrope when the semi-finals conclude tonight.
Published: Wednesday 26 April 2006, 1.06CET

Club captains cautious of cautions

Carles Puyol and Paolo Maldini, the captains of FC Barcelona and AC Milan, will walk a disciplinary tightrope when the semi-finals conclude tonight.

Carles Puyol and Paolo Maldini, the captains of FC Barcelona and AC Milan, will be walking a disciplinary tightrope in tonight's UEFA Champions League semi-final return at Camp Nou.

Oleguer out
Arsenal FC reached the final without seeing any of their players suspended for the 17 May showpiece, and Barcelona and Milan also have several of their stars hoping to come through this evening's encounter unscathed. Barcelona hold a 1-0 advantage from the first leg, but tonight they will be without defender Oleguer Presas who is suspended after accumulating three cautions in the competition.

Seven worried
As well as the two skippers, a single yellow card for Barça's Rafael Márquez and Mark van Bommel would rule them out of the Paris match, should the club make it through, with the same threat hanging over Milan's Gennaro Gattuso, Filippo Inzaghi and Alessandro Nesta. Arsenal qualified for the final after completing a 1-0 aggregate victory against Villarreal CF last night.

Last updated: 26/04/06 22.46CET

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