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Drogba is a hero in his native Ivory Coast, and not just for his football.

Didier Drogba is going to sue the Daily Mail after his charity is slammed

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Didier Drogba has said he will be taking legal action against the Daily Mail after the newspaper made accusations against his charity.

The Mail claimed that of the £1.7million raised by Drogba's organisation, only £14,00 of it had gone to good causes. 

The Charity Commission launched an investigation into the Didier Drogba Foundation after suggestions that huge sums were spent on fundraising parties, while some of the money was left 'languishing' in bank accounts. 

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The Commission admitted it had "serious regulatory concerns" about the charity's operations, which are supposed to include the building of hospitals and schools in Drogba's native Ivory Coast. 

The row goes on

It is alleged that not all of the five hospitals which had been promised had actually been built, and those that had were not properly equipped or funded. 

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Regarding the funds which have not been spent, the foundation has been asked to provide evidence of its future plans on what it will do with the money - and when. 

But that is by no means the end of the matter. 

"No lies"

The former Chelsea striker - who famously scored the penalty that won the Blues the Champions League - has posted a furious statement on his official Instagram page. 

He slammed The Mail for what he called "irresponsible journalism" and insisted: "There is no fraud, no corruption, no mismanagement, no lies, no impropriety."

In a huge step for the former Premier League man, he also confirmed: "I am issuing legal proceedings against them (The Daily Mail) today."

Drogba's fury

Drogba is particularly angry that the newspaper took the step to contact the charity's sponsors, a move which he suggests will make them less likely to donate in the future. 

Didier Drogba Foundation Charity Ball

David Beckham and Princess Beatrice are among the high-profile names to have donated to the charity. It is now being alleged that the charity's supporters were misled. 

Drogba was a fiery character on the football pitch, and now he is showing he is not one to mess with off it.

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