Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chelsea Charged after Euro Clash; Stars and Club Accused over Barca Flashpoints

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Chelsea Charged after Euro Clash; Stars and Club Accused over Barca Flashpoints

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CHELSEA are set to pay a heavy price for their controversial Champions League semi-final exit to Barcelona after Uefa hit the club and two of its top stars with disciplinary charges, writes ADRIAN CURTIS.

Chelsea were charged with the improper conduct of their players and the throwing of missiles by fans, while striker Didier Drogba and full-back Jose Bosingwa were accused of insulting the referee and making offensive remarks.

Drogba's foul-mouthed TV rant and furious confrontation with Norwegian referee Tom Henning Uvreb[degrees] at the end of the game could now land him with a lengthy ban.

Uvreb[degrees] rejected four penalty appeals as the Blues crashed out on away goals after a 1-1 draw and Chelsea's players protested angrily when the official brought the game to its conclusion.

If found guilty, the club may also be slapped with a massive fine or, in the worst case scenario, be ordered to play some European games behind closed doors. However, it is unlikely they will be banned from next season's competition.

A statement from Uefa said: "Uefa has initiated disciplinary proceedings against Chelsea FC, Didier Drogba and Jose Bosingwa in relation to incidents following the Uefa Champions League semi-final second leg against FC Barcelona at Stamford Bridge.

"The club are charged with the improper conduct of their players and the throwing of missiles by their supporters, while Drogba and Bosingwa are accused of being in breach of the principles of sportsmanship by insulting the referee by making offensive comments.

"The club and the individuals concerned have been requested to file a statement by Friday 29 May." Uefa's Control & Disciplinary Body will deal with the case on June 17.

Meanwhile, Guus Hiddink is determined to end his league campaign in charge of Chelsea with a victory - even if it sends Sunderland into the Coca-Cola Championship.

The Dutch coach refused to consider the idea of fielding a weakened team, even though his side will face Everton in the final of the FA Cup at Wembley just six days later.

Manchester United face Sunderland's relegation rivals Hull with suggestions that Sir Alex Ferguson will rest some of his senior players ahead of Wednesday's Champions League final against Barcelona. …

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