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UEFA reduce Drogba’s ban
London, Jul 16 (Agencies):
Published on 16 Jul. 2009 11:18 PM IST
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Uefa have reduced Chelsea's Didier Drogba's European ban from four matches to three. The Ivorian striker was given the ban in the wake of his tirade at the match officials following the Chelsea's Champions League semi-final exit to Barcelona last season. He has, however, now seen his punishment reduced after pleading his case to a Uefa appeals panel on Wednesday. The hearing at the initial ban but has kept a suspended two game suspension in place. Drogba was punished for harassing the Norwegian referee, Tom Henning Ovrebo, after the defeat in the Champions League semi-final by Barcelona last season. Boswinga faced action following comments made after the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge in May. Drogba's Chelsea team-mate Jose Bosingwa was handed a three-match ban for making offensive comments about Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, but will now miss only two games. A statement read:"Under the UEFA Appeals Body's verdicts, Drogba will be suspended for five UEFA club competition matches – the last two of which will be deferred for a probationary period of three years – and has been fined €15,000. Bosingwa will be suspended for three UEFA club competition matches, the last of which is deferred for a probationary period of three years, and fined €10,000. "Drogba and Bosingwa faced charges of being in breach of the principles of sportsmanship by insulting the referee by making offensive comments. Drogba's suspension applies to the next three UEFA club competition matches for which the player would be eligible, while Bosingwa's ban applies to the next two UEFA club competition games for which the player would be eligible." The €100,000 fine against the club for the improper conduct of players and supporters after the game stands, after the Blues withdrew their appeal.

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