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Football: Drogba ban reduced by one game

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  • UEFA cut Didier Drogba's four-game ban to three games on appeal
  • Teammate Jose Boswinga also sees three-game ban cut to two games
  • Both man have additional two-game suspended bans still in place
  • Angry scenes followed Chelsea's semifinal exit to Barcelonal last season
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(CNN) -- UEFA cut Didier Drogba's Champions League ban from four games to three after the Chelsea striker's ugly confrontation with the referee following their exit from the semifinals of the competition earlier this year.

Didier Drogba confronts referee Tom Henning Ovrebo after Chelsea's semifinal exit.

Didier Drogba confronts referee Tom Henning Ovrebo after Chelsea's semifinal exit.

Chelsea teammate Jose Boswinga was also successful after both appealed to European football's governing body against the severity of their bans.

Defender Boswinga had a three-game ban reduced to two games. Both men have suspended two-game bans still in place.

A $140,000 imposed on Chelsea for failing to control their players was also upheld.

Ivory Coast striker Drogba angrily confronted Danish referee Tom Henning Ovrebo after Chelsea's semifinal match on May 6 at Stamford Bridge ended in a 1-1 draw, which put eventual winners Barcelona through to the final against Manchester United on away goals.

Drogba was incensed by Ovrebo's failure to award a penalty to the home side despite a series of strong appeals.

Andres Iniesta scored Barcelona's crucial equalizer in the final moments of the match and as soon as Ovrebo blew his whistle he was surrounded by Chelsea players.

Boswinga was punished for a controversial post-match television interview in which he made disparaging comments about Ovrebo, comparing him to a "thief."


Obrevo returned to Norway under police escort after the match.

He has since returned to action and gave evidence at Drogba and Boswinga's appeal in Nyon in Switzerland.

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