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May, 22, 2009

Chelsea, Drogba and Bosingwa charged by UEFA

UEFA have finally begun disciplinary proceedings against Chelsea following the club's disgraceful conduct at the end of their Champions League semi-final against Barcelona two weeks ago.

The club, and players Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa, will have to explain their actions in the aftermath of their last-gasp exit to Barcelona on May 6, and will be dealt with in mid-June.

Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo had turned down numerous penalty claims from the Chelsea players, and their frustration boiled over after Andres Iniesta's injury time goal sent the Blues tumbling out of the competition in dramatic fashion.

It is thought Drogba will be banned for around five matches for his actions and will face a hefty fine. Chelsea, too, will face a financial penalty.

A UEFA statement read: "The club are charged with the improper conduct of their players and the throwing of missiles by their supporters, while Drogba and Bosingwa are accused of being in breach of the principles of sportsmanship by insulting the referee by making offensive comments.

"The club and the individuals concerned have been requested to file a statement by Friday, May 29. The UEFA control & disciplinary body will deal with the case on 17 June.''

Michael Ballack ran after the referee following the decision not to award handball in the box against Samuel Eto'o right at the death.

Then, after the game had ended, Drogba had to be held back from the referee and shouted at television cameras that the official was "a f***ing disgrace".

Bosingwa's charge follows comments, which he later retracted, the day after the game. He said: ''I don't know if he's a referee or a thief. I don't have any words to describe that man that was on the pitch. We have nothing against Barcelona's goal but the penalties that he didn't give us and his way of managing the game weren't right at all.

''This referee should never referee a game again. What happened was a disgrace. It was a well contested game but the referee came to spoil our game.''

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