Volume: 7 Issue: 7
Control and UEFA's Disciplinary Board suspended two Chelsea FC players on 17 June, for insulting the referee by making offensive comments, an act which is illegal under Article 10 of UEFA's Disciplinary Regulations, which allows for players to be suspended for a 'specified period for pestering or insulting any match official'.
Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa have been suspended for six and four UEFA club competition matches respectively following the incident at the Champions League semi-final second leg match against Barcelona, on 6 May.
Chelsea FC was also fined €100,000 under Article 11 of the Regulations for the improper conduct of its players and for the inappropriate behaviour of its supporters. 'Disciplinary measures may be taken against member associations or clubs in case of inappropriate behaviour on the part of their supporters, including:...the throwing of objects', reads the Regulations.
"We've received the UEFA verdict and we'll now take time to assess it in full and consider our response", said a spokesperson for Chelsea FC.
The club and/or the players have until 20 June to appeal.