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Uefa relent by reducing Real fines

UEFA have reduced some of the sanctions handed out to Real Madrid relating to the dismissals of Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos in the recent Champions League match against Ajax following an appeal by the Spanish side.

Madrid were last week found guilty of improper conduct after Alonso and Ramos seemed to deliberately incur second bookings for time-wasting late on in the 4-0 win over Ajax in Amsterdam a fortnight ago.

Real Madrid's fine was reduced to €100,000 from €120,000, while Jose Mourinho will pay €30,000 instead of €40,000.

Mourinho will still be suspended for tomorrow's Group G fixture between Madrid and Auxerre but a second deferred game suspension was scapped.

Fines to Madrid players Xabi Alonso and Sergio Ramos (€20,000 each), Iker Casillas (€10,000) and Jerzy Dudek (€5,000) remain the same. The one-match suspensions given to Alonso and Ramos also stand.

Bermingham boost for Pats

ST PATS boss Pete Mahon (pictured) has strengthened his squad yet again by re-signing Ireland U21 cap Ian Bermingham.

The defender, who made 24 league appearances for the Saints last season, was out of contract but he has now opted to stay on with Pats, following Gary Rogers, Conor Kenna and Derek Pender by agreeing a new deal.

"When I saw the players that were re-signing I knew we would have a quality side for next season and I wanted to be part of it," said Bermingham.

FAI CUP hero Ciaran Kelly hopes to agree a new deal with Sligo Rovers.

The Mayo lad earned hero status in Sligo as his saves in the penalty shoot-out against Shamrock Rovers last month helped Sligo win the FAI Cup and his form saw him named as November's player of the month by the Airtricity Soccer Writers Association of Ireland.

Kelly said: "Myself and the club will sit down. Hopefully, I can agree a contract.

CRYSTAL Palace want to take Ireland midfielder Martin Rowlands on loan from QPR. The 31-year-old has been unable to get back into the QPR side since recovering from a serious knee injury.