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Zola offers Drogba support

14 Nov 2008 - 12:48:26

West Ham United manager Gianfranco Zola has defended Chelsea striker Didier Drogba over his conduct during the shock Carling Cup fourth round defeat by Burnley.

Drogba faces possible FA and 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.

However, former Chelsea great Zola says he can understands Drogba's frustrations and has voiced his support for the Ivory Coast ace.

He said: "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.

"I don't know what happened, but I know he is a fair player and an honest player - a straight player.

"You have to understand they are human beings and when you are playing an important match you are under pressure.

"Sometimes your composure can be lost. It's not easy, you are walking on the edge all the time.

"A little bit of common sense is good from both sides. There have been a couple of situations when I was struggling on the pitch and getting abuse from the crowd. I was very close to reacting.

"It's totally understandable. Some moments you can hold yourself and others you can lose it a little bit."


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