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Benali delighted as Southampton lift ground ban

Former Southampton defender Francis Benali has expressed delight at the lifting of his two-and-a-half year ban from the St Mary's Stadium. Last year, he brought a civil claim against the club in a property dispute.

The ban had been imposed by former chairman Nicola Cortese, but owner Katharina Liebherr recently lifted it.

"The management of the club at that level has changed, so I am more than happy to go back and be in attendance," Benali told BBC Radio Solent.

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