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Chelsea appeal over European bans

Didier Drogba
Drogba's extraordinary outburst was seen by millions watching on TV

Chelsea have confirmed they will appeal against bans handed to Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa by Uefa after May's Champions League match with Barcelona.

Drogba was given a six-match ban, with two games suspended for two years, for his row with referee Tom Henning Ovreb.

Bosingwa called Ovrebo a "thief" and serves a four-match ban, one suspended.

Chelsea now have six more days to formally lodge their appeal, and are also set to contest a £85,000 for improper conduct by players and fans.

Before the bans were announced, Drogba had stated that he would accept any punishment given to him by Uefa.

"My behaviour was not what Uefa and everyone wants to see in a football stadium," he said ahead of the governing body's verdict.


The Blues were stunned by the severity of the suspensions following a bitter 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in the second leg of their semi-final, which saw them eliminated on the away goals rule.

They felt referee Ovrebo should have awarded several penalties in the second half, and blamed him for their exit.

Drogba swore into live TV cameras in front of millions of people, later apologising for his behaviour, while he and several other players surrounded the Norwegian official after the final whistle.

Andres Iniesta's late away goal gave Barca a place in the final where they beat Manchester United to win the prestigious trophy.

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Uefa refuses Barca's Abidal plea
11 May 09 |  Europe
Drogba rages at ref for Euro exit
07 May 09 |  Europe
Penalty decisions mystify Hiddink
06 May 09 |  Europe
Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona (agg 1-1)
06 May 09 |  Europe

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