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Blues appeal European bans
20 Jun 2009 - 10:49:05
Chelsea are to appeal the Champions League bans handed down to Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa by UEFA.
Striker Drogba was banned for four games and handed a further two-match suspended punishment after his angry reaction to Chelsea's semi-final exit at the hands of Barcelona.
The Ivory Coast international faced up to Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo at the final whistle of the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge, after Barca had scored a dramatic late equaliser to reach the final of away goals.
Ovrebo had denied the Blues a penalty on several occasions during the game and Drogba allowed his frustrations to boil over at the end of the game.
Meanwhile, Bosingwa was banned for three games for his post-match outburst, having referred to the match official as a cheat before later retracting his comments.
Chelsea have now confirmed they are to appeal the bans and also the £85,000 fine they were handed for the improper conduct of players and fans.
Speaking on Friday, captain John Terry claimed the bans handed down by UEFA were excessive.
"What happened with Didier and the comments made after the game took the hype away from the referee a little bit," the Blues and England skipper told talkSPORT.
"It was a very bad performance from him (Ovrebo), we all realised that. There were three or four clear penalty decisions that we should have had that night and that's something as a fan and as a player you will never forget. It was disappointing.
"I would like the people in charge to take these things in to perspective and realise that after the game Didier came out and apologised for his actions.
"I think he realises that kids were watching and he deserves a ban. But to that extent? I really don't think so. Maybe a two-match ban."
On Bosingwa's punishment, Terry added: "I don't know where that's come from.
"Obviously every player was feeling what Bosingwa felt and thankfully nobody else said what he said. But he said what every fan and every player was thinking.
"Hopefully Chelsea can appeal and we can get that it down a little bit because we want those two players for the campaign next year."