MLS fines Didier Drogba after his refusal to play for Montreal Impact
Didier Drogba has been fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Soccer chiefs after his refusal to play for the Montreal Impact last Sunday.
New York: Didier Drogba has been fined an undisclosed amount by Major League Soccer chiefs after his refusal to play for the Montreal Impact last Sunday, the league said Friday.
Former Chelsea and Ivory Coast star Drogba stunned the Impact by demanding to be left out of the squad for their game against Toronto FC on Sunday after discovering he was not in the starting lineup.
Although Impact President Joey Saputo said on Tuesday the club had settled its differences with Drogba, the 38-year-old's no-show has brought a league fine.
"Consistent with the Collective Bargaining Agreement,Drogba has been fined an undisclosed amount for his failure to appear for the Montreal Impact's match against Toronto FC on 16 October," the MLS said in a statement.
In a separate ruling, the MLS said it had fined New York City FC player Diego Martinez for an undisclosed sum after he was found to have sworn at a DC United ballboy on Sunday.
However, the league said that an investigation involving interviews with multiple witnesses had found no evidence that Martinez used a homophobic slur against the individual.
In an open letter to supporters posted on the club's website, billionaire businessman Commisso said the 21-year-old striker, whose contract with the Viola expires in June 2023, had refused an offer that "would have made him the highest-paid player in the history of the club".
Aurier has joined the side until the end of the season, with club and player having the option to extend the agreement for a further two years.
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