Former Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel has recalled the chaotic scenes following their 2009 loss to Barcelona within the Champions League semi-final.
Blues dismissed quite a lot of appeals from referee Tom Henning Ovrebo that evening with Andres Iniesta’s late strike eliminating Chelsea on away goals.
Drogba shamefully branded the sport as a “f *** ing shame” on dwell TV as Guus Hiddink’s males ended the competition.
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And Mikel, who’s at the moment taking part in for Stoke City within the Championship, recalled a few of her memories within the dressing room on that “really loopy evening”.
“It was chaos within the tunnel and the dressing room afterwards,” said Mikel The Athletics. “Bottles, issues fly in all places. Boards have been being crushed. Everybody was shouting and screaming.
“Thoughts you, one may say that is regular after the Chelsea team lost video games!
“I do not know for now however positively shedding back then was not acceptable in any respect … however that was a really loopy evening. Drogba missed on the pitch and then carried on from there. ”
In an interview a pair years in the past, Ovrebo revealed how he wished VAR was obtainable on the time after he missed two handball shouts and a transparent penalty when Eric Abidal took down Drogba.
“I want I had the assistance of the VAR that day,” said Ovrebo Panenka Journal.
“After the primary half, I and my assistants felt in management. On the end of the struggle, nonetheless, I did not have that feeling. Once I obtained to the dressing room I believed: ‘Okay, Tom Henning, this wasn’t your best evening’. ”
He added: “I need to admit I used to be inside boiling. It was within the dressing room that I spotted how controversial all of it was.
“In two hours, I went from being a fairly revered referee to turning into the largest idiot in international football.”
Drogba apologized for his sweaty explosion within the days following the competition and accepted that he had “overreacted”.
The Chelsea legend said: “I used to be very upset at what occurred through the match, however having seen the photographs on TV I settle for that I used to be over reacting.
“I additionally settle for that the language I used was not a very good instance for these watching at home, particularly kids.
“I remorse that, within the warmth of the moment, I’ve let go of my unbelievable frustration and disappointment on this approach, and for that I apologize.”