Champions League news

Drogba handed two-match ban for Inter red card

March 30, 2010
By Soccernet staff

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been handed a two-match European ban after being sent-off during Chelsea's Champions League last-16 second leg defeat to Inter Milan.

Didier Drogba
GettyImagesDidier Drogba was given his marching orders in the last-16 second leg at Stamford Bridge

Drogba was given his marching orders in the 86th minute of the defeat to Jose Mourinho's side after stamping on Thiago Motta and UEFA's Control and Disciplinary Body have now confirmed the suspension for violent conduct.

But Drogba escaped a further two-game ban, which it had been thought could be issued, in relation to his behaviour in last season's Champions League semi-final.

The Ivory Coast forward was suspended for three matches for his rant at referee Tom Henning Ovrebo during the defeat by Barcelona last May, a penalty which also carried the threat of a further two-game ban if Drogba stepped out of line again.

But despite doing so, UEFA has decided instead to extend Drogba's "probation" period from July 2011 to July 2013, sending a clear message that they will be watching him carefully for any indiscretions over the next three years.