Chelsea midfielder sticks up for his abusive coin-throwing team-mate

Didier Drogba is not the most popular player in the Premier League. Since signing for Chelsea, he’s scored some fantastic goals and helped the Blues to plenty of silverware, yet he’s also had more than a fair share of misdemeanours. His loyalty to the club has regularly been called into question, he’s admitted diving and now he’s in the headlines again for the wrong reason.

There’s little doubt that the Ivorian is a complete and utter liability who has once again embarrassed his football club. Setanta reports that Frank Lampard has foolishly tried to stick up for his team-mate, when the midfielder should know better than to wade into the argument when Drogba has already made an apology.

“There are two sides to it,” he told Metro.

“Didier’s come out and there’s been a reaction, a human reaction I have to say, which Jamie Carragher made once.

“He’s come out straight away and said he’s made a mistake.

“People also have got to stop throwing things on the pitch. I was around Didier at the time and I don’t know how many coins there were around.

“We’ve seen referees getting hit, too, so I think people have to take responsibility as a group.”

Yes, there are two sides to every story, although whether something needs to be done about coin-throwing from fans isn’t the issue. Let the FA and football clubs deal with that, while going about your business of playing football. Does anyone have sympathy with the Chelsea striker, or should he have the book thrown at him for the reaction to the Burnley fans?

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