Didier Drogba escapes action for Nelson Mandela tribute

Galatasaray's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba gestures during the pre-season friendly football match between Galatasaray and FC Porto at The Emirates Stadium in north London on August 3, 2013
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Galatasaray stars Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue escape punishment from the Turkish FA for displaying Nelson Mandela tributes.

Galatasaray striker Didier Drogba and teammate Emmanuel Eboue have escaped punishment from the Turkish Football Association for paying tribute to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela.

The pair unveiled messages under their shirts after a match on Friday, paying their respects to the former South African president, who died last week at the age of 95 following a lengthy battle with illness.

Drogba and Eboue were due to face a disciplinary committee on Tuesday for failing to receive permission for displaying their tributes, but the Turkish FA decided against punishing the pair, according to the Daily Mail.

The former Chelsea striker insisted before the hearing that he had no regrets over his actions.

Galatasaray's Ivorian striker Didier Drogba gestures during the pre-season friendly football match between Galatasaray and FC Porto at The Emirates Stadium in north London on August 3, 2013
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