Uefa receive Chelsea referee report

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The Independent Online

Uefa will decide next week whether to take action against Chelsea players for their behavior toward the referee after Wednesday's contentious Champions League semi-final against Barcelona.

Uefa said today that it has received both the referee's and delegate's report from the game and will review the Chelsea players' actions both during and after the final whistle at Stamford Bridge. It said it will decide on possible sanctions "in the course of next week."

Chelsea players were furious that Tom Henning Ovrebo waved off several penalty appeals before Barcelona scored a stoppage-time equaliser to secure a 1-1 draw.

Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack led the protests at the final whistle and are likely to face sanctions. Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, captain John Terry and full-back Jose Bosingwa were also critical of the referee's performance.

"With regard to the Uefa Champions League semi-final second leg between Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona in London on Wednesday, Uefa has received both the referee's and delegate's report," read a Uefa statement issued today.

"Uefa is currently examining those reports, as well as gathering additional evidence. It will decide which action to take in the course of next week.

"No protest has been received with respect to the red card shown to FC Barcelona player Eric Abidal."



That result sent the Spanish side to the Champions League final against Manchester United on away goals.

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