Drogba to take legal action against 'Daily Mail'

The paper claimed that only £14,115 of a £1.7 million donation went to children in Africa.

FILE: Didier Drogba of the Ivory Coast controls the ball against Keisuke Honda of Japan during their Group C match against Japan at Arena Pernambuco, 14 June 2014, Recife, Brazil. Picture: Fifa.

CAPE TOWN - Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has said he will take legal action against the Daily Mail after the newspaper claimed that less 1 percent of the money raised by his foundation went to charity.

The paper claimed that £14,115 out of £1.7 million, donated by high-profile individuals including sport stars and royalty, went to children in Africa.

The Ivorian issued a statement where he stated he intended to sue the newspaper, saying their information was "factually incorrect and libellous."

The 38 year claimed the Mail''s article will do harm to his foundation's intended recipients, saying "such irresponsible journalism is jeopardising the lives of many thousands of African children" and went onto say "The effect on these kids in need of healthcare and education is unimaginable."

Drogba, who is playing his trade in major league soccer for the Montreal Impact, vehemently denied the story.

"Despite their claims, there is no fraud, no corruption, no mismanagement, no allies and no impropriety."

Drogba also claimed he had the paperwork to prove the Mail''s story wrong.

"We have all the documentation required by law both in the UK and the Ivory Coast."