Drogba admits FA charge

17 November 2008 05:16
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has admitted a charge of violent conduct relating to the coin-throwing incident during last week's Carling Cup defeat by Burnley. The Ivory Coast striker was charged by the Football Association after appearing to gesture and then throw an object back into the visiting fans at Stamford Bridge during the fourth round tie, which the Blues lost 5-4 on penalties. Drogba had been the target of missiles after opening the scoring against the Championship side in the 27th minute. The striker issued an apology immediately after the match and admitted he had made a "big mistake" and that his actions had been carried out "in the heat of the moment". However, his punishment will now be considered by a disciplinary panel on Tuesday with reports suggesting he will receive at least a three-match ban. "Chelsea forward Didier Drogba has admitted a charge of violent conduct," read an FA statement. "Drogba is alleged to have thrown a missile into the away section of the crowd after scoring during the Carling Cup match against Burnley at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday 12 November. "A regulatory commission will hear the case tomorrow (Tuesday) based on video evidence and written submissions."

Source: ESA