Frustration, ego, adrenaline, heartbreak, disbelief.
An understandable reaction to a game? Yes.
One that should be brushed under the carpet and forgotten? No.
This behaviour is accepted in modern day football. Referees exist to be demeaned and ridiculed by superior games men. If I were a referee I would yellow card every swear word that came my way; two would be reprimanded with a red card.
Granted, Drogba's eruption was post final whistle. Even so, he should be warranted with an internationally groundbreaking punishment.
I do not remember seeing an outburst of this magnitude ever before, during or after a football match. Chelsea should have had at least one penalty awarded during the game, which may have been enough for them to see themselves through to the final.
Michael Ballack became particularly irate during the final minutes of the match.
By all means, make your point, shout till your chords shatter. But do not harass the referee as if he spent the night with your wife.
I literally thought he was going to punch him. I don't think Hiddink could have played Chelsea out of that one.
I don't know many people who do not enjoy a bit of controversy in football; it adds to the excitement, the emotion, and the phenomenon that contribute to all that is the sport. However, the intimidation and bullying that was apparent at this spectacle was far beyond what I would deem forgivable.
I expect pounds to be taken from certain individuals' pockets, but this will do nothing to change player attitudes and will do nothing to improve the working environment for referees.
When will football come to terms with the state it is in?