Drogba hit by six match ban as Uefa throw book at Blues

CHELSEA striker Didier Drogba was last night hit with a huge six-match European ban for his expletive-laden remonstration following last season&rsquo;s Champions League exit to Barcelona.<br /><br />Defender Jose Bosingwa also received a four-match ban for comments about the referee while Chelsea were handed an &pound;85,000 fine, as governing body Uefa threw the book at the Premier League club. <br /><br />Two games of Drogba&rsquo;s ban are suspended for two years, depending on good behaviour, while one game of Bosingwa&rsquo;s ban is suspended. Chelsea were last night considering their response but may appeal.<br /><br />Drogba marched onto the pitch and bellowed &ldquo;it&rsquo;s a f****** disgrace&rdquo; into a television camera after the controversial Champions League semi-final defeat last month.<br /><br />Bosingwa, meanwhile, called referee Tom Henning Ovrebo &ldquo;a thief&rdquo; in a post-match interview. The Norwegian official turned down several Chelsea penalty appeals in a second leg decided by Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta&rsquo;s stoppage time strike.<br /><br />Chelsea were fined for the improper conduct of their players and for objects thrown from the crowd. The club, which has qualified for next season&rsquo;s Champions League group stage, has two days to appeal.<br /><br />A Uefa statement read: &ldquo;Drogba and Bosingwa were facing charges of being in breach of the principles of sportsmanship by insulting the referee by making offensive comments.&rdquo;<br /><br />The punishment meted out to Drogba, Bosingwa and Chelsea was harsher than expected but a Uefa spokesman last night defended the decision. He said: &ldquo;We have to set certain standards. The players are key to that, in setting a good example both on and off the pitch.&rdquo;<br /><br />Drogba made a prompt and public apology following his outburst, which came at the final whistle of the 1-1 draw that condemned Chelsea to elimination on away goals. The Ivory Coast international, 31, also pleaded guilty in written submissions to Uefa.<br /><br />Meanwhile Andrea Pirlo admits he could leave AC Milan for Chelsea. The Italy midfielder said: &ldquo;I&rsquo;ve been at Milan a long time and maybe it&rsquo;s time for a new chapter in my career.&rdquo;