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."

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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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