Didier Drogba considers legal action over charity allegations
Only a fraction of donations to Didier Drogba Foundation put toward charitable purposes, UK Daily Mail alleges
Montreal Impact star Didier Drogba says he's considering legal action against a British newspaper over allegations it made about his charitable foundation.
On Wednesday, the Daily Mail alleged that only a fraction of the money donated to the Didier Drogba Foundation was used on charitable causes.
The newspaper claims most of the money was instead spent on lavish fundraising parties.
The United Kingdom's Charity Commission is launching an investigation based on the allegations.
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David Holdsworth, the commission's chief operating officer, said in a statement it "has serious regulatory concerns about a number of compliance issues raised and have contacted the charity to seek an urgent response."
"Further, the charity has raised and accumulated significant sums of money that have not yet been spent and further information is required over the plans to spend those funds."
'There is no fraud,' Drogba says
Drogba defended his foundation in a statement of his own, saying "there is no fraud, no corruption, no mismanagement, no lies, no impropriety."
"Their attempts to destroy the work of the foundation will not deter me and will not stop me continuing the work we have begun," he said.
Drogba also said he used his own money to pay for fundraising events.
"Their attempts to destroy the work of the foundation will not deter me and will not stop me continuing the work we have begun.'- Didier Drogba
Over the last five years, the Didier Drogba Foundation to help sick children in Africa has managed to raise approximately $3.1 million.
But the Daily Mail reports that less than one per cent of that actually went to helping children.
Supporters of the charity have not been accused of any wrongdoing.
The foundation claims it has built a hospital and five clinics in the soccer star's home country of Ivory Coast.
However, the newspaper reports that in reality, only one clinic was built and the hospital sits empty without equipment or personnel.