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Drogba defiant after Turkish FA's 'Mandela vest threat'

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.

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Ferdinand looks forward to playing against Drogba's team

Manchester United defender Rio Ferdinand tweeted that he was looking forward to playing against Didier Drogba's team this summer, who earlier confirmed that he had joined Shanghai Shenhua.

Drogba: 'I am looking forward to a new challenge'

I have considered all the offers I have received in the past few weeks, but feel that Shanghai Shenhua FC is the right move for me at this time.

I am looking forward to a new challenge, to experiencing a new culture, and excited about the new developments in the Chinese Super League.

When Chelsea went to China last year, we had a great time and I met some amazing fans.

I hope to help promote Chinese football around the world and further improve the links between China and Africa.

– DIDIER DROGBA

Drogba joins Shanghai Shenhua

Former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has confirmed that he has signed with Chinese club Shanghai Shenhua on a two-and-a-half year deal.

Chelsea's Didier Drogba after the Champions League Final - his last game for Chelsea. Credit: Owen Humphreys/PA Wire

The Ivorian will be joining the same club as former teammate Nicolas Anelka.

Torchbearer Drogba mobbed by thousands in Swindon

Chelsea star Didier Drogba was mobbed by thousands of screaming fans today as he carried the Olympic flame through Swindon.

Drogba, who announced yesterday he was quitting Chelsea, waved at supporters as he jogged through the town centre with his torch.

Many of those who had turned out to see their footballing hero were wearing Chelsea shirts.

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Drogba: 'Winning Champions League was the turning point'

Didier Drogba will leave Chelsea when his contract runs out at the end of June, the club announced today.

"Winning the game was the turning point, " he said. "That's why I decided - we made history all together and I want people to remember that - and I think that's the best time to move on."

Drobga's winning penalty saw Chelsea crowned champions of Europe on Saturday.