This is also an indirect message for Saudi King Salman, 79, who inherited the reforms when he took power nearly a year ago. His late brother, King Abdullah, brought a series of small but significant social shifts for women, including setting the upcoming election rules in motion years ago. The 150 seat Shura Council, an appointed advisory body, now includes 30 women.
Team mate Jose Bosingwa was banned for three European games, with a further one match ban also suspended.Both players were found guilty of making insulting comments to the referee by Uefa at the end of the game at Stamford Bridge on 6 May where Barcelona scored an injury time equaliser which eliminated the Blues from the competition.The club was also fined for the improper conduct of its players and the throwing of missiles by their fans.”They’re severe, we do play in an emotional game and it was an emotional evening,” Wilkins, speaking about the punishments, told BBC Radio 5 Live.”To lose a goal so late in a Champions League semi final was galling to say the least and players react in different ways Didier reacted and Jose reacted, and we have been punished.”The club will digest all the information they can and I’m sure a decision will be taken today what we’re about to do.”The Blues went out of the tournament after a series of disputed decisions by referee Tom Henning Ovrebo.He turned down a host of strong penalty appeals from Chelsea during the 1 1 draw in the second leg at Stamford Bridge, which saw Barca go through on away goals.Drogba and several other players surrounded Ovrebo after the final whistle to remonstrate with the Norwegian.The Ivorian continued his verbal attack even after being cautioned, and had to be restrained as Ovrebo went down the tunnel.Rob Faulkner, Uefa’s head of communications, told Radio 5 Live: “The actions of the players were certainly not of a sporting nature.”Everything has been taken into account. The club will be informed officially in writing and then they have three days in which to consider whether to appeal or not.”Faulkner added it was a “fairly strict but fairly appropriate” level of punishment.He insisted the disciplinary panel took into account the importance of the game and the fact that the match was settled in such dramatic fashion, with Andres Iniesta’s injury time goal sending Chelsea out.But he added: “We have to set certain standards. We do have a ‘Respect’ campaign and the Uefa president (Michel Platini) is instrumental behind that.”The players are key to that, in setting a good example both on and off the pitch.