Drogba likely to escape Blues censure

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Guus Hiddink revealed Didier Drogba is unlikely to be disciplined by Chelsea for his controversial behaviour in the wake of Wednesday's Champions League exit.

Drogba has apologised for confronting referee Tom Henning Ovrebo following the 1-1 draw with Barcelona and launching a foul-mouthed rant in front of TV cameras.

"It's up to me and the board and I don't think Didier will be disciplined because apologising openly is a big step forward. We have to go on," he said.

"Didier has apologised for his over-reaction on TV which was not good. We talked about it and he mustn't react as he did.

"It came out of the frustration at the manner of our elimination and that we weren't awarded the penalty kicks.

"From that emotion comes an over-reaction for which the player has apologised.

"UEFA have the power to take measures but they have to take into consideration the emotion of the injustice that was felt.

"It's up to them what they do but when people apologise for their behaviour it's the first step towards the normal things in life."

Reports have emerged Drogba's days at Stamford Bride are numbered following the furore but Hiddink refused to deny or confirm the speculation.

"I don't think (what happened) is an influence (on Drogba's future). It's not up to me," he said.

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