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Drogba earns four-game ban
17 Jun 2009 - 16:38:03
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been handed a four-match ban for his furious reaction to his side's elimination from the Champions League 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, with his punishment also including a further two-game ban which is suspended for two years.
Drogba's team-mate, Jose Bosingwa, has been banned for three games for his post-match outburst, having referred to the match official as a cheat before retracting his comments.
A statement from UEFA confirmed: "Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been suspended for six UEFA club competition matches, the last two of which are deferred for a probationary period of two years.
"In addition, Chelsea defender Jose Bosingwa has been suspended for four UEFA club competition matches, the last of which is deferred for a probationary period of two years.
"Drogba and Bosingwa were facing charges of being in breach of the principles of sportsmanship by insulting the referee by making offensive comments.
"Drogba's suspension applies to the next four UEFA club competition matches for which the player would be eligible, while Bosingwa's suspension applies to the next three UEFA club competition matches for which the player would be eligible.
"Chelsea FC have been fined 100,000 euros for the improper conduct of their players and the throwing of missiles by their supporters at the match."