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Schalke's Drogba Complaint Fails

Uefa has rejected Schalke’s appeal against the result of their Champions League match against Galatasaray last week.

The Bundesliga team had queried the legality of the 1-1 last-16 first leg draw they slugged out in Turkey, because of doubt over Didier Drogba’s status at the club.

Fifa had granted Drogba a temporary licence to play for Gala, following his hasty exit from Shanghai Shenhua due to a wage dispute.

Shenhua disputed Drogba’s departure, which meant his official transfer to Galatasaray was delayed, and Uefa could only register the Ivorian’s participation in the Champions League in the build-up to the Gala-Schalke clash.

Schalke believed that there was enough grey area surrounding Drogba’s appearance in Gala’s Champions League squad to merit a query.

But the query has now been brushed off by the European football authorities, and Gala say they were never even concerned by the German team’s complaint.

"Fifa has sent a temporary licence to the Turkish Football Federation and the TFF demanded Uefa's approval for the use of the temporary licence," Galatasaray vice president Ali Durust had told Turkish TV channel NTV Spor.

"Then Uefa made it clear to Galatasaray and TFF that there were no problems on the usage of the temporary licence."

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