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Drogba escapes rap over comments

Didier Drogba
Drogba's autobiograpby was published on 16 October

The Football Association will take no action over comments made by Didier Drogba in his autobiography.

The Chelsea striker said he wished he had punched Nemanja Vidic in the Champions League final, which Chelsea went on to lose on penalties.

However, after studying the remarks in the context of the book the FA has decided to take no action.

Drogba was sent off in the final in Moscow in May for slapping the Manchester United defender.

Drogba's red card prevented him from participating in the penalty shoot-out in Moscow.

In the book, he wrote: "I have seen the match on video and I believe I should not have been sent off with three minutes to go.

"If I had punched him, I would have understood. Now I wish I had."

The FA did not view the incident in the same light as Roy Keane's 2002 book, in which the former Manchester United captain said he had deliberately injured Alf Inge Haaland.

Keane was banned for five games and fined 150,000 by the FA, but Drogba may simply be warned that his comments are unwelcome.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast striker - who has been shortlisted for the 2008 European Footballer of the Year award - is currently out of action with a knee injury that he sustained playing against CFR Cluj on 1 October.

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