Friday, November 03, 2006

UEFA might take actions for violent game in Barcelona-Chelsea derby

The latest derby between Barcelona and Chelsea finished 2-2. But that was not the last word: UEFA president Lennart Johansson claims that disciplinary action will follow Chelsea's tempestuous match against the Catalan team.

As we know, Italian referee Stefano Farina showed 10 yellow cards during the Champions League match in the Nou Camp - six to Chelsea players - and was confronted by furious Barcelona boss Frank Rijkaard at the final whistle.

There was also continual pressuring of the referee, mainly by Barcelona players, while Chelsea coach Jose Mourinho had stoked up the contest before the match by claiming the Blaugrana team were a group of divers.

Johansson, in London to launch his campaign to be re-elected as UEFA president, announced: "I'm against this behaviour but I don't make the decisions, they are taken by the disciplinary bodies.

"I'm convinced that now things will happen as it was so obvious and the people we had in place who saw it will report it."

Chelsea can expect a fine for 'unsporting behaviour' - any team collecting more than five yellow cards in a game faces action - and Barcelona could also be in further trouble after their supporters hurled bottles as Blues players applauded the travelling fanatics at the end of the 2-2 game.