Terry hits out at bans
Chelsea captain John Terry has hit out at the bans handed out to Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa.
By James Pearson
Last Updated: 19/06/09 10:41pm
John Terry has hit out at the bans handed out to Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa in the aftermath of Chelsea's UEFA Champions League exit.
Drogba was widely criticised for his disgraceful actions following the full-time whistle following The Blues' controversial away goals rule defeat to Barcelona.
The Ivory Coast ace, not for the first time, caused controversy with his post-match reaction, when he branded the Norwegian official a "f****** disgrace" on live television.
However, Terry says Drogba's actions overshadowed what he believes was a poor performance from Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, who turned down numerous Chelsea appeals for penalties during the contest.
The England international admits he has been unable to forget the manner of the club's exit to Barca over a month ago, when Chelsea were leading the ten men on home soil with just minutes on the clock.
"What happened with Didier and the comments made after the game took the hype away from the referee a little bit," Chelsea's captain told talkSPORT.
"It was a very bad performance from him [Ovrebo], we all realised that. There were three or four clear penalty decisions that we should have had that night and that's something as a fan and as a player you will never forget.
"It was disappointing. I would like the people in charge to take these things in to perspective and realise that after the game Didier came out and apologised for his actions.
"I think he realises that kids were watching and he deserves a ban. But to that extent? I really don't think so. Maybe a two-match ban."
Bosingwa's indiscretion was a little less conspicuous after he was punished by Uefa for calling Ovrebo a 'thief' in a post-match interview.
Terry believes the Portuguese defender was wrong to say what he did, although he hopes Chelsea can still appeal his suspension.
"Jose Bosingwa's ban, I don't know where that's come from," said Terry.
"Obviously every player was feeling what Bosingwa felt and thankfully nobody else said what he said. But he said what every fan and every player was thinking.
"Hopefully Chelsea can appeal and we can get that [the ban] down a little bit because we want those two players for the campaign next year."