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Drogba in hot water after punch claim

The English FA are to study Didier Drogba's comments in his autobiography saying he wished he had punched Nemanja Vidic in the Champions League final.

The English Football Association are to study Didier Drogba's comments in his autobiography saying he wished he had punched Nemanja Vidic in the Champions League final. The Chelsea striker was sent off in the final in May for slapping the Manchester United defender. 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."

An FA spokesman said: "We are aware of the comments and will be examining them in their proper context." In 2002 Manchester United's Roy Keane was banned for five games and fined £150,000 after admitting he intentionally hurt Norwegian Alf-Inge Haaland. * PA Sport