A lengthy investigation by the Charities Commission has cleared the charity foundation of Ivory Coast legend Didier Drogba of all corruption charges.
The Didier Drogba Foundation was accused of corruption, with the claim that just £14,115 out of £1.7million raised was distributed to good causes.
However, after a seven-month investigation, the Charities Commission has confirmed that no evidence of any wrongdoing has been found.
A statement from the Charities Commission read: “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.”
In response, Didier Drogba said: “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.
“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.”
Drogba’s charity was established in 2007 and aims to provide health and educational funding in Africa, particularly in the former Chelsea striker’s home country Ivory Coast.