Chelsea forward Didier Drogba is facing the prospect of a three-match ban after launching a coin at Burnley supporters during last night's Carling Cup defeat... After Drogba had given Chelsea the lead during the fourth round tie, an object was hurled at him from a section of away supporters as the Ivorian celebrated his goal.
Drogba picked up the coin and threw it back towards the Burnley fans, before the Championship side levelled and eventually won the match on penalty kicks.
The unsavoury incident had echoes of Jamie Carragher's misjudged decision to commit a similar act at Highbury during a Premier League clash with Arsenal almost seven years ago.
On that occasion, the Liverpool defender was hit with a three match suspension, and PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor expects the same action to be levelled against Drogba.
He told Setanta Sports News: “It tainted a very exciting cup tie and a great win for Burnley. This has captured the headlines.
“He has apologised to his credit and that should be a factor in mitigation. But, nonetheless, there could well be action against him.
“It's very unfortunate. The lad's been out injured and most people could sympathise with his reaction. Still, it's part of the job of a professional footballer to do your best to remain calm.”
Despite Drogba's ill-judged reaction, Taylor believes that punishment should also be handed out to the guilty Burnley fan who hurled the coin in the first instance.
He stated that CCTV should be employed to finger the culprit.
Taylor continued: “It's a worry about the coin throwing. We don't want that to become a path to be followed.
“No doubt Burnley will need to be spoken to with regards to their supporters and the throwing of coins. “You can't ignore the fact that a coin was thrown at a group of players.”