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Last Updated: Tuesday March 30 2010 14:46 GMT

Drogba given two match Euro ban

Didier Drogba

Chelsea will have to play WITHOUT star striker Didier Drogba at their next two European matches after he was given a two match ban.

Uefa decided on the punishment after Drogba was sent off for stamping on Thiago Motta during Chelsea's 1-0 Champions League defeat to Inter Milan.

At the time, Drogba insisted the stamp on the Brazilian midfielder had been accidental.

The 32-year-old has now got three days to appeal the decision.

Speaking after the match on 16 March, Drogba said: "The referee was a bit hard on me for this red card.

"I stepped on his tendon but it was not intentional and I was more focused on the cross and the ball. I'm going to try to make it better. All have been unhappy endings, so I hope next season the Champions League will be mine."

It's not the first time Drogba's been in trouble in Europe - he was also warned about his behaviour after last season's Champions League semi-final defeat by Barcelona.