UEFA should accept Drogba apology, says Hiddink
Didier Drogba should not be punished for his behaviour at the end of
the Champions League semi-final against Barcelona, Chelsea manager Guus
Hiddink said on Sunday.
Chelsea’s Ivorian striker went berserk after the 1-1 second-leg draw
which knocked Chelsea out, screaming at a television camera, and could
face the wrath of UEFA’s disciplinary panel.
Drogba apologised for haranguing Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo
and his foul-mouthed rant at the pitchside camera.
“We don’t know what’s going to happen regarding that but I cannot
imagine that people who are in charge at UEFA, if they are football
people and not beuracratic authorites, will not perfectly understand
that the apology of his was Okay,” Hiddink told reporters after his side
won 4-1 at Arsenal on Sunday.
“I don’t expect much from that, it would be curious I think.” Earlier
on Sunday, UEFA’s general secretary David Taylor said Drogba’s behaviour
had not been a pleasant sight and that it flew in the face of the
respect campaigns championed by UEFA and the English FA.
UEFA appear in no rush to hand out punishments to Drogba with Taylor
saying the ruling body would collect all the evidence first.
“We expect to take action in terms of instigating some disciplinary
proceedings but as to the nature and extent of that, we have to collect
all the evidence first before we decide on what that is,” Taylor told
BBC Radio Five.