Old Trafford

Next Game

Man Utd v Chelsea

Sunday, 26 October 2014, 16:00

Barclays Prem

Stamford Bridge

Last Game

Chelsea 6 - 0 Maribor

Tuesday, 21 October 2014, 19:45

Champions League Group G

Schalke protest over Drogba

Schalke have launched a protest over the inclusion of Didier Drogba in Wednesday's Champions League clash against Galatsaray.

Last Updated: 22/02/13 at 15:02 Post Comment

Didier Drogba has been with Galatasaray for three weeks since moving from China

Didier Drogba has been with Galatasaray for three weeks since moving from China

The German side were in impressive form in Turkey as they battled to a 1-1 draw in the first leg of the last-16 European tie.

However, they raised concerns over the eligibility of the former Chelsea striker, who signed for Galatasaray at the end of January after ending his short stay with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua amid claims he had not been paid his salary.

Shenhua countered that Drogba was in breach of his contract and it fell to FIFA to provisionally clear the way for the Ivorian to make his Galatasaray debut last week.

Drogba signed for Galatasaray at the end of January after ending his short stay with Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua amid claims he had not been paid his salary.

Shenhua countered that Drogba was in breach of his contract and it fell to FIFA to provisionally clear the way for the Ivorian to make his Galatasaray debut last week.

After Schalke contacted UEFA on Thursday demanding clarification, general manager Horst Heldt said in a statement on the club website: "We decided after a thorough legal advice to take this step.

"It is our duty to examine their eligibility to play Drogba."

Drogba agreed to join Galatasaray on 28 January, three days before UEFA's deadline relating to the registration of players for the last 16 of the Champions League.

The contract wrangle with Shenhua meant Drogba did not receive international clearance from FIFA to make his Galatasaray debut until 13 February.

Article 18.18 of UEFA's Champions League regulations states that the 1 February deadline for registering players for the knock-out stage cannot be extended.

Schalke's chief financial officer Peter Peters added: "There is the suspicion that he received his eligibility after the end of the deadline to register the player for the UEFA Champions League.

"Before each game UEFA states that every club has to take responsibility for the players used. It is now up to UEFA to decide and Schalke will respect this process."

To find out more about live football on Sky Sports, Click here

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

F

ergie, aren't you supposed to make a beep beep noise when backing up like that?

simonthfc
Ferguson: Club made Moyes decision

S

ome of these are quality! Why you no like him F365?? :(

left right out
The, Erm, 'Best' Of Henry James Redknapp

W

e're our own worst enemy. We're suicidal in defence, and we may just get slaughtered on Sunday. Other than that, I am very pleased with my team.

bob the manc
Van Gaal: We can catch Chelsea

Footer 365

Shakhtar Donetsk striker Luiz Adriano claims he was racially abused during win over BATE Borisov

Luiz Adriano claims he was racially abused during Shakhtar Donestk’s 7-0 Champions League win at BATE Borisov.

Sky Bet League One: Bristol City held, by Bradford City Peterborough lose at Crewe

Bristol City were held by Bradford, but the 2-2 draw saw the Robins set a new club record for league games unbeaten.

Derby go top, Forest draw at Watford

Chris Martin's 81st-minute penalty sent Derby to the top of the league after the Rams grabbed a 1-0 win over Blackpool.

Mail Box

Are There Any Happy Fans Out There?

It seems as if Chelsea, West Ham and Southampton are the only content supporters right now. We have more doom and gloom for you. Who wants good news, eh..?

Is Van Gaal Just A Dutch Pardew?

A Mailbox of comparisons. Van Gaal is similar to Pardew, Wenger to Moyes, Van Persie to a spent force, and Pelle to a bloody gent. There's also plenty from last night...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property