Didier Drogba appeared to confirm that he was leaving Galatasaray and Turkey after his final game of the season this weekend—but internet rumours that he had made a hugely generous gift to the families of those affected by the Turkish mining disaster appeared wide of the mark.
As per the BBC, 301 workers died in the town of Soma in a tragedy that has become worldwide news. At the time of writing, 25 people have been arrested over the deaths.
The Istanbul giants' players wore helmets ahead of their league game against Kayseri Erciyesspor at the weekend to show their support and the Cote d'Ivoire international has gone one step further in his role as U.N. ambassador.
"I am a U.N. ambassador of goodwill and I will do all that I can to help the people in Soma," Drogba told reporters.
"But I don’t want anyone to use my name. I’m not someone who will promote himself in such issues. I don’t need this sort of a self-promotion."
However, the striker subsequently took to Instagram to deny the rumours and insist that any philanthropy for the tragedy in Turkey would be kept private:
His message reads:
didierdrogba: Dear Fans, dear brothers, dear sisters, since day one of my arrival thanks to you all, i felt at home here in Turkey. Sharing, seeing, feeling the passion, sincerety and warm hospitality of My Turkish people is trully unforgetable. Being a human helping humanity and peace, i feel obliged to make clarity on the latest false news circulating around social media on donating into the TRAGEDY in SOMA. The tragedy that happended in SOMA hurt the hearth of all of us. Kindly note my support at my own capacity and thru my foundation is and will always continue. It is NOT in my nature to allow false statements, i always preffer to remain descrete when i do such duty. Like my Turkish brothers say. Soz gumus ise, sukut Altindir. If words are Silver , Silence is Gold. #staystrongturkey
Drogba is set to play at this year's World Cup, but thereafter he is a free agent in the summer.