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FOOTBALL IN BRIEF

<strong>Blues pair see bans reduced</strong><br />CHELSEA duo Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa have both had their European bans reduced by one game after appealing against charges of improper conduct from the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona in April.<br /><br />Drogba will now serve a three-game suspension and Bosingwa two.<br /><br /><strong>Black Cats chasing Crouch</strong><br />SUNDERLAND boss Steve Bruce has confirmed the club are in talks with Portsmouth over a move for England striker Peter Crouch, who is likely to cost around &pound;12m.<br /><br />Fulham are also said to be interested.