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Didier Drogba could face a Football Association investigation into claims he deliberately got booked in order to manage the timing of his suspensions.

The FA have noted the Chelsea striker's comments from his forthcoming autobiography, which were printed in the News of the World on Sunday, with interest.

However, no action will be taken by the authorities until the book is published in England in July.

An FA spokesman said: "We would like to wait to see the comments in their full context before deciding on any further action."

The potential controversy surrounds the Ivorian's claim that he used to collude with former Blues manager Jose Mourinho and get himself yellow-carded at convenient times.

By doing so, the pair were able to ensure that the former Marseille frontman sat out pre-selected matches under the cumulative bookings system.

"Mourinho calculated everything - he looked at the match programme and analysed the cards each of his lads had received," Drogba said in his book.

"He sometimes whispered to me, 'It would be good for you to get a yellow card today. You would miss such-and-such a match. I will give you four free days.'

"No problem. I used to do as he said.

"That allowed me to pay myself a little trip to Dubai. It was a modern way of treating work and the individual."

Then England captain David Beckham got away with a slap on the wrist when he admitted to getting booked on purpose during a World Cup qualifier against Wales in October 2004.

Knowing he had just broken a rib and would not be able to play in a subsequent qualifier against Azerbaijan, Beckham fouled Ben Thatcher in a deliberate attempt to receive a yellow card and one-match ban.



What are your views on such professional 'ethics'/antics? Just part and parcel of the game and hence a necessary evil or just plain disgusting?
 

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I don't agree with that behaviour at all.

I remember someone else did it.

Was it Becks? I may be wrong but I think it was him.

Getting booked un purpose is sometimes worse then a straight red. Finding loop
holes in the rules aren't good and something has to be done to counter-act this
sort of behaviour.

Imagine he was fined and Chelsea were docked 10 points and lost him for
Moscow! :rolleyes:....lol
 
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Impossible keano, the FA can't impose a European ban :(

It is wrong to do it but I'm sure Fergie has done it with
United players at some point.
 

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-zuco- said:
Impossible keano, the FA can't impose a European ban :(

It is wrong to do it but I'm sure Fergie has done it with
United players at some point.
Yea, your probably right about Fergie, but....

.....if the yellow was do do with a European game, then UEFA can step in and then things would actually get serious.


And you know what, I wouln't be surprised if we heard nothing more on the matter......:rolleyes:
 

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Keano! said:
Was it Becks? I may be wrong but I think it was him.
Yeah, it was Beckham. He did it when playing for England and just blatantly fouled someone in front of the ref.

And then afterwards said something along the lines of 'no one thought I was smart enough to get booked on purpose but I am'. Not smart enough to not tell everybody about it though :rolleyes:

The timing of this is interesting though. There are very strong rumours that Drogba will be leaving Chelsea this summer and, if he does, then the FA are almost powerless to punish him.
 
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