18 Jun 2009

Chelsea's Drogba and Bosingwa banned by UEFA

12:10 pm on 18 June 2009

European football's governing body has banned the Chelsea striker Didier Drogba for six UEFA matches, two of them deferred, for abusing the referee after the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

Chelsea's Jose Bosingwa was also suspended for four UEFA matches for calling the referee a thief after the second leg at Stamford Bridge ended in a 1-1 draw to send Barcelona through on away goals.

The final match of Bosingwa's ban is also deferred for a probationary period of two years. Drogba will miss the first four of Chelsea's Champions League matches next season.

Chelsea were fined 100,000 euros for the comments and the conduct of supporters at the end of the tie on May 6.

The Premier League club has three days to appeal.