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Didier Drogba considers legal action over charity allegations

A British newspaper alleges that only a fraction of the money donated to the Didier Drogba Foundation was actually spent for charitable reasons.

Only a fraction of donations to Didier Drogba Foundation put toward charitable purposes, UK Daily Mail alleges

Montreal Impact star considers legal action over charity allegations. 3:15

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. 

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."

Montreal Impact's Didier Drogba is accused of mismanaging charitable funds. (Graham Hughes/CP)
"In particular, the commission has concerns about the administration of the charity and the oversight provided by trustees, all of whom appear to live abroad, as well as allegations that the charity has provided misleading information to donors and the public," the statement continued.

"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.

The Daily Mail tabloid splashed on the allegations on its front page. (Thomas Daigle/CBC)
The newspaper alleges most of the money was spent on holding fundraising events for stars such as U2's Bono and David Beckham or is sitting in bank accounts.

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.