Didier Drogba’s charity foundation has been fully cleared of any wrongdoing and or corruption following a seven-month investigation by the Charities Commission.
The Commission on Thursday said they traced no evidence of fraud or corruption against Drogba’s Foundation but was found to have misled donors.
The Commission launched a full scale investigation amid claims by the Daily Mail that money had not gone to the causes.
Drogba in a series of tweets said he would be seeking damages and an apology for the claims made by the Mail and others.
The Charities Commission has today confirmed after a seven month investigation, that no funds have been misapplied by my Foundation.— Didier Drogba (
didierdrogba) December 2, 2016
They have confirmed that there has been no financial wrongdoing, no fraud and no corruption.— Didier Drogba (didierdrogba) December 2, 2016
I am pleased that this supports what we always said from the start, that the claims made by the Daily Mail back in April were entirely false— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) December 2, 2016
I have instructed my lawyers to seek a full apology and damages to be paid to my Foundation from the Daily Mail.— Didier Drogba (@didierdrogba) December 2, 2016
The Didier Drogba Foundation was set-up in 2007 with the aim of providing health and educational support to vulnerable people in Africa, including the Ivory Coast, where he hails from.
The foundation has been backed by a number of high-profile individuals.
Meanwhile, the 38-year-old who played his final game for Montreal Impact on Wednesday night, will now take time to decide his next career move, but could continue playing and would join a new club during the January transfer window when he will be a free agent.