coin throwing probe

Scolari joins Lampard in defending Drogba

November 15, 2008

Chelsea boss Luiz Felipe Scolari has pointed the finger at fans after Didier Drogba was charged with violent conduct by the FA for throwing a coin into the stands.

Drogba was clearly shown on television throwing something at Burnley fans after scoring in Wednesday night's Carling Cup tie - which Chelsea went on to lose in a penalty shoot-out.

He was yesterday charged by the FA while police are still investigating the incident. Drogba is expected to receive a three-match ban.

However, Scolari has defended his striker by pinning responsibility on those fans who first threw objects on to the pitch. On Friday, Frank Lampard said Drogba should not be banned as it would send out the wrong message to visiting supporters.

"Didier went on the pitch to play football,'' Scolari said. "He didn't go out there with coins in his pockets. It wasn't Didier who started it.

"He was happy to have scored a goal and he wasn't starting anything. He hadn't gone out there to fight but to play. The police, the FA, have to think about this.

"Didier apologised after the game but now I want the police to find out who was the man who threw that [coin]. After this we'll look at what happens. I'm not a judge.''