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Drogba hit with three match ban for coin throwing

November 18, 2008 22:16 IST

Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been banned for three matches for throwing a coin towards Burnley supporters during his club's shock League Cup defeat at Stamford Bridge last week.

The 30-year-old Ivory Coast international will serve the ban with immediate effect, ruling him out of the Premier League matches against Newcastle United, Arsenal and Bolton Wanderers.

"Drogba admitted a charge of violent conduct," an FA statement said on Tuesday.

"The charge related to Drogba throwing a missile into the away section of the crowd after scoring during the League Cup match against Burnley...on Wednesday, November 12."

Drogba has endured a disappointing season so far for Chelsea, missing several weeks with a knee injury and scoring just one goal since last season's Champions League semi-final against Liverpool in April.

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