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Drogba gets three-match ban for coin throwing

Didier Drogba - handed three-match ban

Didier Drogba - handed three-match ban

Didier Drogba was banned for three matches yesterady for throwing a coin at Burnley fans during Chelsea's shock League Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge last week.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast striker starts his suspension immediately, ruling him out of Premier League matches against Newcastle United, Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers.

"Drogba admitted a charge of violent conduct," said an FA statement.

"The charge related to Drogba throwing a missile into the away section of the crowd after scoring during the League Cup match."

Drogba issued an apology after Chelsea's penalty shootout defeat, saying he had been targeted by missiles thrown from an area containing Burnley fans.

"The big mistake I did was to throw it (the coin) back so if somebody got hurt I apologise," he told his club's website (www.chelseafc.com). "It was an incident in the heat of the moment and I regret it."

Police were also investigating the incident after receiving a complaint from a member of the public. Both clubs said they would work together with the FA to punish any fans who threw missiles on the pitch.

It is not the first time a player in the Premier League has been banned for throwing an object into the crowd.

Liverpool's Jamie Carragher was also suspended for three matches after a similar incident involving Arsenal fans.

Drogba has had a disappointing season for Chelsea, missing several weeks with a knee injury and scoring only one goal.

Ferguson suspended

Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been given a two-match touchline ban and £10,000 fine by the FA, following his row with referee Mike Dean this month.

The 66-year-old was fuming that Dean did not send off Hull defender Michael Turner for a foul on Michael Carrick during United's 4-3 Premier League win at Old Trafford.

That Dean then awarded Hull a penalty for an innocuous Rio Ferdinand challenge on Bernard Mendy only infuriated the Scot even more.

Ferguson served a two-match ban last term for a finger-jabbing rant at referee Mark Clattenburg following a defeat at Bolton.

The Scot's latest suspension starts on December 2 and means he will not be pitchside for the League Cup match against Blackburn the following day.

He will also miss out on a reunion with former United captain Roy Keane, who brings his Sunderland side to Old Trafford for a Premier League match on December 6.

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