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Scolari hopes for leniency

15 Nov 2008 - 13:04:39

Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari hopes Didier Drogba is not handed a three-match ban for throwing a coin into the crowd during Wednesday's Carling Cup defeat to Burnley.

The striker has been charged with violent conduct by the Football Association following the incident, but Scolari believes there were mitigating circumstances.

He said: "Didier went on the pitch to play football. He didn't go out there with coins in his pockets. It wasn't Didier who started it.

"He hadn't gone out there to fight. The police and FA must think about this."

Drogba has until Monday evening to give his version of events, with a hearing planned for the following day while the police are still investigating the incident.

However, Scolari added: "He was happy to have scored a goal and he wasn't starting anything.

"Didier apologised after the game but now I want the police to find out who was the man who threw that coin.

"After this we'll look at what happens. I'm not a judge."


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