Chelsea legend Didier Drogba has been cleared to continue a personal challenge to win a second successive Champions League title.
The Ivorian joined Turkish club Galatasaray in the January transfer window and was included in their Champions League squad for the last 16 clash with Schalke 04.
The German side lodged an appeal after Drogba appeared in the first leg, which finished 1-1, claiming the former Stamford Bridge star was ineligible.
FIFA had already turned down an appeal from Drogba’s former club Shanghai Shenhua over his switch to Galatasaray and now UEFA have done the same over the Champions League appeal.
Schalke claimed the Istanbul club had announced the signing of Drogba too late for him to be available for the tie.
The Royal Blues said Galatasaray should be in line for a 3-0 forfeit of the match because they had not announced the 43-year-old’s signing on their official website until February 12.
It was nearly two weeks after the deadline for adding new names to a Champions League squad for the knockout stages, which was February 1.
The decision means Drogba is free turn out for the second leg in Gelsenkirchen on Tuesday, February 12 and compound Schalke’s feelings by helping to send them out.