The Ivorian hit-man was handed the suspension in the wake of his foul-mouthed tirade at the match officials following the Blues’ UEFA Champions League exit against Barcelona last season.

He has, however, now seen his punishment eased after pleading his case to a Uefa appeals panel on Wednesday.

The hearing, held behind closed doors, agreed to shorten the initial ban but has kept a suspended two game suspension in place.

Drogba attended the appeal alongside Chelsea team-mate Jose Bosingwa, who was also reprimanded for his actions against Barca.

The Portuguese full-back was handed a three-match ban for making offensive comments about Norwegian referee Tom Henning Ovrebo, but will now miss only two games.

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