Friday, February 22, 2013

Schalke weighs’ protest over Didier Drogba's appearance for Galatasaray

Schalke 04 has lodged a protest with UEFA over Galatasara’s  newest striker Didier Drogba's participation in their 1-1 Champions League draw.
Schalke, who came away from Istanbul with a 1-1 draw in their first leg encounter, insists that the transfer of the former Chelsea striker from Shanghai Shenhua was completed after the registration deadline.

Schalke's head of finance Peter Peters told the club website-"Reports in the media aroused suspicion that Drogba's application was only submitted after the deadline had expired for registering players for the Champions League," 

The German club tweeted this on their official twitter page-"There are doubts about the validity of the permission to play Drogba in the Champions League,"

Drogba signed an 18-month deal with Galatasaray in January, but his Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua disputed the move, claiming he remains under contract with them. However, Galatasaray maintains that Drogba's registration has been fully approved, with a temporary professional player certificate granted by the Turkish Football Federation on 12 February.

The European governing body said its disciplinary panel would look into the matter but for now, they are not giving any dates for the investigation.