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Drogba given two-game ban
30 Mar 2010 - 12:22:59
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been handed a two-match suspension for his sending-off in the Blues' recent Champions League defeat at the hands of Internazionale at Stamford Bridge.
Drogba was red-carded for a stamp on Thiago Motta late on in the 1-0 loss which sent Chelsea crashing out of Europe, with the Ivory Coast international's conduct on the European stage having let him down on several previous occasions.
He was red-carded in the 2008 final against Manchester United after slapping Nemanja Vidic in the face and a year later he earned a five-match ban for an outburst at the final whistle of the semi-final defeat by Barcelona.
The last two games of that ban were suspended and Drogba has now been given an extension of his probationary period for his indiscretion against Inter.
A UEFA statement read: "Didier Drogba has been suspended by UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body for two European club competition matches after being sent off in the UEFA Champions League round of 16 second leg against FC Internazionale Milano in London on 16 March.
"The suspension applies to the next two club competition matches for which Drogba would be eligible.
"The player's existing period of probation, which began on 15 July 2009 and was originally intended to run for two years, has also been extended to 15 July 2013.
"An appeal may be lodged within three days of the sending of the reasoned decision."