London, May 9 (ANI): Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink insists that Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba's behaviour towards Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo boils down to the 'fire' within him.
Coming out in defence of Drogba even as UEFA sheriffs are gunning for him, Hiddink said Ovrebo's atrocious officiating at Stamford Bridge on Wednesday shocked even those used to footballing excess.Though there are rumors afloat that the Chelsea board will consider the appropriate internal punishment, such as fining him two weeks' wages, or selling him to another club, a statesmanlike Hiddink took a different tack.
Asked whether Drogba would be disciplined by the club, Hiddink replied: "I don't think so.''
Hiddink was very keen for everyone to "move on''.
At least his players, reacting as professionals do, have been more upbeat in training.
Hiddink, rather optimistically, believed that Nyon judges would show clemency, understanding that emotions run high in games.
"If they have played football themselves, they have to take into consideration the emotion of the injustice that was felt,'' The Telegraph quoted Hiddink, as saying.
"UEFA has the power to take measures but when people apologize for their behaviour, the first step has been taken towards making things normal,'' he added.Drogba's manager remains a fan of the player.
"I don't regret saying I supported his actions,'' said the Dutchman, who likes Drogba's "fire''.
"Terry and Lampard also have this fire. Didier is extrovert in showing his fire. He knows now also - otherwise he wouldn't have apologized - that he must use the fire when it should be used," Hiddink added. (ANI)