Chelsea player Didier Drogba has admitted to a FA charge of violent conduct relating to a coin-throwing incident. He now faces a ban of up to three matches.
Drogba made a gesture and threw a coin at Burnley fans after scoring the opening goal of a Carling Cup tie at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday. Although, he did realize his mistake and said sorry afterwards, the Football Association charged him with misconduct before Monday’s deadline. Chelsea lost the match 5-4 on penalties.
“The big mistake I did was to throw it back so if someone was hurt I just want to apologise for it.”
Now that he has admitted to the charge, a Football Association regulatory commission will meet today to hand over a possible three-match suspension which includes Chelsea’s important date with Arsenal in a Premiership League tie.
The incident has come at a time when FA’s Respect campaign is being questioned over it’s effectiveness.
”We accept that football is a passionate game and that emotions are a big part of what makes it the sport that it is. We see it in other sports, where people express a little bit of frustration and disappointment but then something kicks in and they say ‘okay that’s it, we mustn’t cross the line’ and that’s all we are asking people in football to do,” says Premier League referee Howard Webb.
More photos and a video of Didier Drogba are below.
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