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Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba responded to reports that he may be fined by the Turkish FA for displaying a shirt that read "thank you Madiba" by saying "if I had to, I would do it again and again."
Both he and fellow Galatasaray and Ivory Coast teammate Emmanuel Eboue revealed vests paying tribute to Nelson Mandela following the Turkish club's 2-0 win on Friday evening.
The Turkish FA are reportedly threatening to fine the pair because they did not seek permission to wear the shirts.
The Ivory Coast striker said on his Drogba Foundation Twitter page: "Not because of political beliefs - this man (Mandela) inspired me, a country, a continent, the world! Thanks again Madiba."
Former newspaper editor Piers Morgan said he would "happily pay" any fine Drogba might be given by the Turkish FA.
South African President Jacob Zuma has arrived at the FNB stadium ahead of the memorial service for Nelson Mandela.
The captain of the 1995 Rugby World Cup winning team, Francois Pienaar, is giving interviews in the FNB stadium ahead of today's memorial.
Also present is the current Springbok captain Jean de Villiers.
Two French soldiers have been killed in Central African Republic, according to French media. Troops were deployed to the former French colony amid ongoing violence between Muslim and Christian communities.
The rain in Johannesburg has not dampened the spirits of the thousands arriving for Nelson Mandela's memorial.
South Africans have taken to Twitter to pay their respects to Nelson Mandela ahead of the memorial service in Johannesburg for the anti-apartheid leader.
Even the weather is crying, gonna be a sad day now that Nelson Mandela's memorial service will be taking place. #RIPMadiba
FNB Stadium#Madiba http://t.co/HBu7AUQwwZ
Mandela Magic in the air today! So proud to be a South African to have lived in this moment! #Historic event today :)
Nelson Mandela's first wife Winnie Mandela has arrived at the FNB stadium ahead of today's memorial.
Many people at the memorial for Nelson Mandela have arrived in patriotic costumes bearing portraits of the late leader and vuvuzelas - the plastic horns that became synonymous with the World Cup in South Africa.