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UEFA to decide ‘within week’ on charges for Drogba and BallackUEFA have confirmed they will make a decision on possible action against Chelsea players for their actions both during and after their Champions League semi-final second leg against Barcelona "in the course of next week".

Didier Drogba and Michael Ballack face possible sanction for verbally attacking referee Tom Henning Ovrebo over the official's decision to turn down several appeals for Chelsea penalties during the match at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Guus Hiddink, skipper John Terry and full-back Jose Bosingwa were also highly critical of the referee's performance.

UEFA also confirmed they had not been contacted by Barcelona about a possible appeal against Ovrebo's decision to send off Eric Abidal following a second-half clash with Nicolas Anelka.

"With regard to the UEFA Champions League semi-final second leg between Chelsea FC and FC Barcelona in London on Wednesday, UEFA has received both the referee's and delegate's report," read a UEFA statement issued today.

"UEFA is currently examining those reports, as well as gathering additional evidence. It will decide which action to take in the course of next week.

"No protest has been received with respect to the red card shown to FC Barcelona player Eric Abidal."

Drogba and Ballack are expected to face charges following their actions towards Ovrebo, and Chelsea could also be charged with failing to control their players after the match official was surrounded at the final whistle.

Meanwhile Manchester United’s Darren Fletcher has been given a glimmer of hope of making the final after it was confirmed that UEFA’s disciplinary body will meet on Monday to deal with the Scottish midfielder’s red card against Arsenal.

"The likelihood is we'd refer it to our disciplinary body," said Uefa general secretary David Taylor.

"They'd see if there were circumstances to justify a departure from procedure. I must stress there is normally no way these matters can be overturned."

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