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Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Munua avoids jail after attack on team-mate

MADRID, Jan 23 (Reuters) - Deportivo Coruna's Uruguayan international goalkeeper Gustavo Munua will not have to go to jail despite being handed a six-month prison sentence by a Spanish judge for an attack on team mate Dudu Aouate.

Although a local judge found Munua guilty of aggression the player will not have to serve the sentence because he has not had any previous offences. Instead he will have to pay a fine of 3,600 euros ($5,262).

Munua punched Aouate in the face during a dispute in the changing room earlier this month and the Israel keeper required several stitches around his left eye.

The day before the incident, Aouate had complained at a news conference about losing his place as first-choice keeper to Munua.

A local prosecutor opened an investigation into the incident after it came to light and statements were taken from both goalkeepers.

Depor coach Miguel Angel Lotina dropped both players from the side, told them to resolve their differences and ordered them to apologise to team mates and the club's fans for their behaviour.

The two players continue to train at separate times of the day at the Depor training base in Abegondo.

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