The charity foundation set up by legendary African striker Didier Drogba has been cleared of any wrongdoing after a seven-month long investigation by the British Charities Commission.
The Foundation had been accused by the UK Daily Mail of using only a fraction of funds raised by it for charitable causes. The publication alleged that only 14,115 pounds had been utilised for charity out of 1.7m pounds the Foundation had raised. Instead it accused the Foundation of spending much of the money on lavish fundraising parties.
The two-time African Player of the Year had maintained that there was nothing untoward in how the Foundation had gone about its business and has now been proven right after the Charities Commission finished studying all bank records and necessary documents.
We have been able to satisfy our most serious concerns in relation to the charity by confirming that funds have not been misapplied and that all funds raised in the English charity’s name have been held by the English charity. We are also able to confirm that we found no evidence of fraud or corruption on behalf of the charity, a statement by the commission read.
The Ivoirian, who spent many years with London giants Chelsea and won several titles with the club, has demanded an apology from his accusers, as well as damages to be paid to the Foundation.
The Charities Commission has today confirmed after a seven-month investigation, that no funds have been misapplied by my Foundation, and that there has been no financial wrongdoing, no fraud and no corruption, the 38-year-old said tweeted.
I am pleased that this supports what we always said from the start which is that the claims made back in April were entirely false. I have instructed my lawyers to seek a full apology and damages to be paid to my Foundation.