Thursday, 14 April 2016

Didier Drogba sues Daily mail to court over false publication

Former Ivorian and Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has stated that he has started legal proceedings against the Daily Mail (UK) after the media outfit published figures stating just £14,115 of donations to his foundation appear in the accounts.
 
The former Chelsea striker openly denied allegations that just 1% of money donated to The Didier Drogba Foundation has been spent on charity purposes after heavy criticism from a British newspaper.

The English newspaper reported that just 1% of the £1.7 million of UK contributions to The Didier Drogba Foundation in the past five years has been spent on good causes. 

In a swift, Drogba denied in strong terms, the defamatory accusations, labeling the report as “factually incorrect and libelous” in a statement released on twitter. 

The statement reads: “Despite sending legal letters and 67 pages worth of documents advising the Daily Mail that their information was factually incorrect and libellous, they have decided to ignore the facts so I am issuing legal proceedings against them today.

“The Daily Mail by such irresponsible journalism are jeopardizing the lives of many thousands of African children. The effect on these kids in need of healthcare and education is unimaginable. 

“They have already caused an untold amount of damage by contacting all of my sponsors, my colleagues, and many of my friends who generously helped the Foundation with donations, and put doubts in their mind about whether to continue to support us in the future. 

“I come from a poor family and I had to work hard to get where I am today but this would mean nothing to me if I wasn’t able to give back to my country, my continent and my community.

“I want to help children from the Ivory Coast become leaders of the next generation, actors, politicians, scientists, doctors, teachers and sportspeople, but you can only get there with education and healthcare. By printing these lies, The Daily Mail is trying to stop Africa’s development. He added: “Despite their claims, there is no fraud, no corruption, no mismanagement, no lies, no impropriety.”

The 38-year-old still plays as a striker for Canadian based football club, Montreal Impact in the Major League Soccer.

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