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FA confirm Drogba charge
14 Nov 2008 - 12:55:59
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association after throwing an object at Burnley fans during the midweek Carling Cup tie.
Drogba could yet face police action after appearing to throw a coin back into the visiting fans at Stamford Bridge, having been the target of missiles after opening the scoring for the Blues.
An FA statement confirmed: "Didier Drogba has been charged with violent conduct.
"Drogba is alleged to have thrown a missile into the away section of the crowd after scoring during the League Cup match at Stamford Bridge.
"He has until 6pm on Monday 17 November to respond to the charge and a regulatory commission will hear the case on Tuesday 18 November.
"Referee Keith Stroud confirmed to the FA that he had booked Drogba for going towards the opposition supporters to celebrate, but that he had not seen the missile incident.
"The FA has written to both Chelsea and Burnley to request information on missiles thrown at Chelsea players from the Burnley section. The FA is also liaising with Metropolitan Police regarding these incidents."
Earlier former Blues great and current West Ham manager, Gianfranco Zola, had voiced his support for Drogba, saying: "I know Drogba is a very composed and honest player. He is always fair.
"If he reacted, maybe he has been insulted and that is not good in football. The crowd has to respect the players and the other way round."
Drogba himself had apologised straight after the clash with the Clarets, admitting: "This is something I want to make clear. I tried to celebrate the goal and I received some things at me.
"The big mistake I did was to throw it back, so if someone was hurt I just want to apologise for it.
"This is not something I should show in a football match and I want to apologise. It was an incident in the heat of the moment and I regret it.
"It was just a mistake and nothing more."