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UEFA reduce Drogba, Boswinga suspensions

Reuters
Jul 16, 2009 at 02:22am IST

London: Chelsea's Didier Drogba and defender Jose Boswinga both had their UEFA suspensions reduced by a match on Wednesday following an appeal by the Premier League club.

A statement on the UEFA website (www.uefa.com) said Drogba will now serve a five-match suspension, the last two of which will be deferred for a probationary period of three years.

Portugal right-back Boswinga will be suspended for three matches, with the last also being deferred for the same period.

NOT RIGHT: Drogba was punished for harassing Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo.

Ivory Coast international Drogba was punished for harassing Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo after last season's Champions League semi-final away-goals defeat to Barcelona.

Boswinga faced action following post-match comments made after the 1-1 draw at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea had also originally appealed against the £100,000 ($163,900) fine UEFA imposed for improper player conduct and the throwing of missiles by their supporters, but the fine remains after the London club withdrew the appeal.

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