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Last Updated: Thursday May 07 2009 17:47 GMT

Blues Drogba sorry for ref rage

Chelsea players argue with the referee

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has said sorry for the way he behaved after his team's Champions League exit.

Drogba was seen on TV screaming and swearing after Chelsea went out of the competition to Spanish side Barcelona.

In a statement Drogba said: "I was very upset at what happened during the game but having seen the pictures on TV I accept that I overreacted.

"I fully accept the language I used did not set a good example for those watching at home, especially children."

He added: "I regret that in the heat of the moment I let out my incredible frustration and disappointment in this way, and for that I apologise."

Barcelona scored their crucial goal in stoppage time to make the end result 1-1 and earn a place in the final on away goals.

Children's views on referees

Kids' views on Chelsea referee

But when the final whistle went the Chelsea players were very angry and were shouting at referee Tom Ovrebo.

They thought he wasn't fair to them during the match and didn't give them a number of penalties that they should have been awarded.

"Disgrace"

Drogba was perhaps the worst behaved, running onto the pitch at the end to protest even though he had been substituted.

Andres Iniesta
Andres Iniesta scores for Barcelona

He called the referee a "disgrace" after the match, and could be punished by European football bosses Uefa.

Chelsea captain John Terry wasn't happy either, saying: "I am fully behind Didier for the way he reacted. The man wants to win.

"You can see the passion that he played with during the game and the passion afterwards.

"People are saying we shouldn't have reacted the way we did but the fact is, six decisions went against us in front of 40,000 people. And for the ref to not give one of them is unusual."

Darren Fletcher is sent off against Arsenal
Darren Fletcher is sent off against Arsenal

United make Fletcher appeal

Barcelona now face Manchester United in the Champions League final in Rome, Italy on Wednesday 27 May.

United are still trying to get permission for their midfielder Darren Fletcher to take part in that final.

He was sent off in the semi-final against Arsenal and will be suspended for the final, but United think the decision was a bad one and have asked Uefa to let him play.