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Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been suspended from European competition for six matches following his antics against Barcelona.
The last two games in the ban will be deferred for a probationary period of two years, dependent on future behaviour.
Uefa have taken action against the Ivorian frontman following his furious reaction to the Blues' UEFA Champions League semi-final exit to Barcelona on 6th May.
Drogba confronted match referee Tom Henning Ovrebo at the end of the second leg of that contest, accusing the Norwegian official of bias towards the Spanish outfit.
He has subsequently been charged with breaching the principles of sportsmanship by insulting the referee and making offensive comments.
His ban will apply to the next four Uefa club competition events for which Chelsea are eligible.
Meanwhile, Drogba's Stamford Bridge team-mate Jose Bosingwa has also been suspended for four matches for offences in the same game- the last of which has been deferred for two years.
Chelsea have been fined €100,000 (£85,000) for improper conduct of their players and the throwing of missiles by their supporters.
Both the club and the players involved have three days in which to lodge an appeal against Uefa's ruling.
What is the matter with UEFA and its referee program of respect? Well there is just no respect for the game and refereeing and it all comes down to money. UEFA just does not want to lose the big stars of the game and the money but referees and their families are expendable. Didier Drogba and Chelsea FC should be the example after all this is the second UEFA referee that they have done this too, and how many FA referees? Didier Drogba needs to be banned for half a season and Chelsea to play the next 5 UEFA games with out fans. If UEFA does not make an example of this malay then they are opening the game up to total disrespect and chaos. I have refereed FOOTBALL for over 30 years and I find the fines handed out totaly unacceptable. UEFA make these bans and fines stick have some guts and inforce the punishment. You are going to lose referees if they believe that they are not protected and grass roots referees will be asking wht should I work to become qualified to referee at the uper levels.
Posted 22:35 17th June 2009
Sorry, but the referee is the one who should be banned from refereeing in Europe! And thats coming from me, a Liverpool supporter.
Posted 22:06 17th June 2009
In the light of the circumstance Drogba has been appropriately punished. He stood up for all of Chelsea, in as much as it was in bad light. The question here, however, is what is UEFA doing with the referee . Nothing has been heard or said. I am certain he deserves some form of reprimand for his disgraceful performance. Referees are role models too and should be held accountable for their actions or inactions. Its about, time the idea of video evidence is seriously considered. In fact, technology has been hugely successful in Basketball, Cricket, American Football, Tennis to mention a few. These sports still remain popular. I do not see where the hesitation and the overt backwardness of FIFA and UEFA is coming from. Who wants to lose a game unfairly?
Posted 21:35 17th June 2009
Well, to be honest its a let-off really. I dare say when Jose was with us, that ban would have definitely been worse. Since the Special One moved on, CFC have taken a calmer and more appropriate approach to these kinds of things. I think it has brought us this little bit of leniency. They could have barred him for the whole season. At the time of the incident Im sure every chelsea fan watching thanked Drogba for saying what we all thought to the watching world and Fifa - which we could never do. .He martyred himself so to speak. It was defintely unsuitable behaviour and shouldnt be repeated under any circumstances but there is a grain of truth in what he was saying and that still hurts chelsea fans even now.
Posted 20:08 17th June 2009
I think this all turned out as expected, and the punishments are reasonable. I believe the talking point on the matter does come back to the referee. Respect for the game means the referee must be protected. I do, however, believe that refs should be held accountable for their decisons. There were serious mistakes made at the match in question, and not just by Mr. Henning. The assistants are just as culpable. As in everyday life, respect should be earned, not expected. Mr. Henning did little by way of his actions on the night to earn the respect that he is due by way of his authority. When it comes time to discipline players for having a go at the ref, perhaps it would be a good idea to ask the ref to explain to the public how he made the decison. I also believe that it is time for video to be made available to the officials. The idea that things always balance in the end is entirely untrue. Those of us who watch would rather a brief halt in the match to get a contentious decision right, rather than to see any match end in the shambles organised by Mr. Henning. I believe that any true fan can accept their beloved team losing, as long as it is as a result of football, and not outside intervention.
Posted 18:13 17th June 2009
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