Galatasaray could be thrown out of the Champions League

Galatasaray could end up being sensationally thrown out of the Champions League because of Didier Drogba.

FC Schalke are set to protest to UEFA over the eligibility of former Chelsea striker Didier Drogba when he appeared for the Turkish side last night.

Drogba’s former club Shanghai Shenhua dispute the deal which saw him sign for the Turkish side on a lucrative 18-month contract.

In effect, the Chinese club are claiming that they still have Drogba under contract which means he’s playing for Galatasaray illegally if they are proven to be correct.

Schalke have made the protests which are likely to gain weight if UEFA go to the Chinese club to investigate the matter in depth.

Plenty of sides in the recent history of football have been thrown out of various competitions and tournaments for fielding ineligible players and this could well turn out to be another of them.

Drogba has described the offer from Galatasaray as one that he simply couldn’t refuse because it’s reported to be one of the biggest pay days of his career.

However, in their haste to push through the deal quickly it has now transpired that the Turkish team may not have done everything by the book and Schalke are quite within their rights to at least complain and appeal.

The second leg between the two sides takes place on Tuesday March 12 with the tie all square at 1-1.

If anything is going to come of Schalke’s complaints then it’s likely to emerge before the second leg which would subsequently be pointless if it turns out Drogba has been playing when he’s ineligible.

What do you make of this? Do Schalke have a case?

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