UEFA reduce Drogba and Bosingwa bans

Chelsea pair Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa have had their European bans reduced, following successful appeals to UEFA.

The pair were handed a four and three match suspension respectively for their actions in the wake of Barcelona's last-gasp progression to the Champions League final at Stamford Bridge in May, after Norwegian referee, Tom Henning Ovrebo, had waved away four penalty appeals by the Blues.

The Ivorian forward was rapped for his foul-mouthed tirade at the match officials that was heard by a worldwide TV audience, while Portuguese full-back Bosingwa was reprimanded following post-match comments about the referee.

However, both have now seen their suspensions reduced by one match each after pleading their cases to a UEFA appeals panel in Nyon, Switzerland on Wednesday.

Drogba will now miss Chelsea's opening three Champions League group phase games, while Bosingwa must sit out the first two. While Drogba retains a suspended two game ban, should he commit further misdemeanours. NEWS: Chelsea appeal Drogba and Bosingwa bans NEWS: Drogba and Bosingwa banned by UEFA NEWS: Chelsea condemn ref death threat reports NEWS: Iniesta blockbuster breaks Blues hearts PHOTOS: Chelsea 1-1 Barcelona NEWS: Away goal heartache haunts Hiddink again  NEWS: Hiddink: Worst refereeing I've seen LA LIGA LOCA BLOG: What's Catalan for 'Have It'? NEWS: Media hails Iniesta and berates Drogba CHELSEA FANS! Check FourFourTwo.com’s ever-expanding interviews archive for more stuff to read: Web Exclusives Kerry Dixon, Guus Hiddink One on One Gianfranco Zola, Nicolas Anelka Boy's A Bit Special  Michael Mancienne, Scott Sinclair Perfect XI Ruud Gullit, Marcel Desailly Celebrity fans Vidal Sassoon And Another Thing Being a Big Four fan

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