Jose Bosingwa has said he would “do it again” after being banned for his reaction to the “injustice” of Chelsea’s 2009 Champions League semi-final defeat to Barcelona.
After a controversial refereeing decision, the Blues lost on away goals to Barca’s Andres Iniesta who scored a late equaliser at Stamford Bridge.
After the match, Norwegian Tom Henning Ovrebo was widely criticised for failing to award a penalty after making two strong claims following challenges on Didier Droga.
Drogba was the leader of post-match criticisms of Ovrebo, while Bosingwa was handed a four-match ban for his actions.
Chelsea had taken an early lead through a screamer from Michael Essien before Eric Abidal was sent off for Barcelona in the second half.
The drama escalated when Iniesta’s equalizer in the 93rd minutes gave Barcelona the needed away goal to advance to the final.
Ovrebo’s decision to ignore their penalty claims had caused a host of problems for the Chelsea players. Ovrebo also ignored a late Samuel Eto’o handball.
Famous footage shows Drogba approaching the touchline camera to call the match a disgrace while Bosingwa calls Ovrebo an ‘easier’ after the match.
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He does not regret his actions, though, telling FourFourTwo: “I’d do it again, as I felt it was a tremendous injustice.
“I have no clue about who chose the officials, but the reality is that you can’t opt for a Norwegian one who’d refereed seven or eight games in his country to take charge of a Champions League semi-final with so much at stake!
“Among other things, we should have been given three or four penalties that night – I never felt so wronged in my entire career.”
Bosingwa and Chelsea would get their hands on the trophy three years later as Drogba inspired them to a penalty shoot-out win over Bayern Munich at the Allianz Arena.
Meanwhile, Ovrebo officiated just four more Champions League matches before retiring from officiating in 2013.
Bosingwa spent four years at Stamford Bridge after signing from Porto in 2008 for £18.5million.
He made 126 appearances in total for the Blues, and won the Premier League as well as two FA Cups.