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Drogba handed Euro ban

Bosingwa also punished for offences in Barca semi-final

By Chris Burton.   Last Updated: 18/06/09 10:18am

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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.

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