Galatasaray: Didier Drogba questions racists who abused him

Didier Drogba

Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba has hit back at the racists who abused him in Sunday's heated Istanbul derby at rivals Fenerbahce.

Drogba, 35, and his Ivorian team-mate Emmanuel Eboue were subjected to monkey chants during the game.

"You called me monkey and forgot you jumped my brother [who] scored twice," he wrote on his club's Facebook page.

Drogba was referring to Cameroon striker Pierre Webo, who scored both of Fenerbahce's goals in their 2-1 win.

A supporter for the hosts at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium was also reported to have pointed a banana at Drogba and Eboue.

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Drogba joined Galatasaray from Chinese side Shanghai Shenhua in January, scoring five league goals in his new club's run this season to winning a record 19th Turkish title.

The Ivory Coast international had previously won three Premier League titles, four FA Cups, two League Cups and one Champions League trophy during an eight-year spell with Chelsea.

"You call me a monkey but you cried when Chelsea beat Fenerbahce in 2008 [in the Champions League], you called me monkey but you jumped in front of your screen when I won the Champions League [with Chelsea in May 2012]," Drogba continued.

"You called me monkey but you got mad when I became champion with Galatasaray [this season]."

Drogba further questioned how anyone involved in such behaviour could be "a true fan" of a Fenerbahce team that contains Webo, as well as players such as Senegal international Moussa Sow.

The Istanbul derby was not the only high-profile game in Europe last weekend to be affected by racism.

Sunday's Serie A game between AC Milan and Roma at the San Siro had to be temporarily halted for about two minutes and restarted after offensive chants were directed at players including Mario Balotelli and Kevin-Prince Boateng from the visiting supporters.

Roma were fined 50,000 euros (£42,400) for the incident on Monday, and warned that they may be forced to play future league matches behind closed doors should the same events be repeated.

Milan head coach Massimiliano Allegri called Italian football "a place for the uncivilised" afterwards, while Roma released a statement condemning the actions of their supporters.

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