Drogba fined for refusing to play, rejects bench

Drogba fined for refusing to play, rejects bench

Four-time Premier League and Champions League title holder with Chelsea, Didier Drogba has been fined for refusing to play for Montreal Impact.

The Montreal Impact match against Toronto was played last weekend.

Coach Mauro Biello said after the game that Drogba “didn’t accept a place on the bench”.

Major League Soccer consequently fined him an unspecified amount “for his failure to appear”.

In a separate ruling, New York City defender Diego Martinez was fined for swearing at a ballboy.

Martinez was accused of directing a “homophobic slur” at a DC United ballboy last week.

The league said, however, that an investigation had found no evidence of that, only of using an obscenity.

Drogba’s Montreal, who are fifth in the Eastern Conference, play New England Revolution on Sunday.

Drogba, who left Chelsea in July 2015, has been used as a substitute in two of the Impact’s previous four games.

The former Ivory Coast international has scored 10 goals in 21 appearances this season.

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Four-time Premier League and Champions League title holder with Chelsea, Didier Drogba has been fined for refusing to play for Montreal Impact.