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English Premier League Didier Drogba's charity cleared of fraud

Didier Drogba’s charitable foundation has been fully cleared of any fraud or corruption following a seven-month investigation by the Charities Commission.

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play Didier Drogba's charity cleared of fraud, but criticised for undermining public's trust

The charity of former Chelsea FC star Didier Drogba has been cleared of financial wrongdoing and corruption, but was found to engage in activities which could undermine the public's trust in charities, a watchdog has ruled.

The Didier Drogba Foundation was hit by an allegation that just £14,115 of more than £1.7million raised went to good causes, but the Charities Commission has confirmed that no evidence of any wrongdoing has been found.

After studying all the bank records and paperwork of the Foundation, the Commission concluded that all money raised in the charity’s name has been held by the charity.

A statement from the Charities Commission read: “We have been able to satisfy our most serious concerns in relation to the charity by confirming that funds have not been misapplied and that all funds raised in the English charity’s name have been held by the English charity. We are also able to confirm that we found no evidence of fraud or corruption on behalf of the charity.”

“We have been able to satisfy our most serious concerns in relation to the charity by confirming that funds have not been misapplied and that all funds raised in the English charity's name have been held by the English charity," the UK Charity Commission said in a report.

"We are also able to confirm that we found no evidence of fraud or corruption on behalf of the charity."

Reacting to the report, Drogba took to his Twitter to thank those who have supported him throughout the investigation.

“The Charities Commission has today confirmed after a seven-month investigation, that no funds have been misapplied by my Foundation,” Drogba wrote on Twitter.

“They have confirmed that there has been no financial wrongdoing, no fraud and no corruption.

“I am pleased that this supports what we always said from the start, that the claims made by the Daily Mail back in April were entirely false.”

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