16 Jul 2009

Chelsea's Drogba has ban reduced

6:47 pm on 16 July 2009

European football has reduced Didier Drogba's Champions League ban from four games to three for his foul-mouthed rant at the referee after Chelsea's semifinal elimination in May.

UEFA's appeals body lowered the ban after the Chelsea striker pleaded his case in person.

Barcelona scored a late goal to snatch a 1-1 draw and advance on away goals to the final, where it then beat Manchester United to claim its third European Cup.

Drogba approached the referee after the final whistle in a finger-waving outburst, and was pulled away by security staff and Chelsea coach Guus Hiddink while yelling an expletive toward a television camera.

Meanwhile Brazil great Romario has been released from jail a day after being arrested in a child support case involving his first wife.

Romario was taken into custody for allegedly failing to make child support payments.

A Court spokesperson says the former football star "paid what he owed and was allowed to go home."

Local media say Romario owed between $20,000 and $70,000.

Five years ago, Romario was detained for the same reason, but was released within hours after proving he paid his wife.

In 1994, Romario led Brazil to the World Cup title and was named world footballer of the year.