FA intends to investigate Drogba over 'punch' wish

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Didier Drogba's comments in an autobiography saying that he wished he had punched Nemanja Vidic in the Champions League final are to be studied by the Football Association.

The Chelsea striker was sent off in the final in May for slapping the Manchester United defender – and in his book said that he now wishes he had punched the Serbian defender.

The FA takes a dim view of current players making such comments in books, and will study the remark and the whole book to see whether Drogba may have brought the game into disrepute.

An FA spokesman said: "We are aware of the comments and will be examining them in their proper context."

It is understood the FA are not viewing it in the same light as Roy Keane's book, in which the former United captain said he had deliberately injured the Leeds United player, Alf Inge Haaland.

Back in 2002, Keane was banned for five games and fined £150,000 by the FA but similar disciplinary action is unlikely to be taken against Drogba – who may simply be warned that his comments are unwelcome.

Drogba wrote: "I have seen the match on video and I believe I should not have been sent off with three minutes to go. If I had punched him, I would have understood. Now I wish I had."

In Keane's case, his autobiography said his challenge on Haaland was an act of revenge for the Norwegian accusing him of feigning injury during a match three years earlier when the Irishman had actually ruptured his cruciate knee ligament.

Keane wrote: "I'd waited almost 180 minutes for Alfie, three years if you looked at it another way. I'd waited long enough. I hit him hard. The ball was there [I think]. Take that."