Schalke consider Drogba appeal

S04 may contact Uefa to question whether the striker was eligible for their Champions League clash with Galatasaray, though the Turkish club insist they have adhered to regulations

Schalke have confirmed they plan to appeal to Uefa over Galatasaray playing Didier Drogba in their 1-1 Champions League draw on Wednesday at the Turk Telecom Arena.

The Gelsenkirchen club believe the Cote d’Ivoire international is not properly registered to play in the European competition for Fatih Terim’s side.

Fifa ratified the switch from Shanghai Shenhua despite the Chinese club’s protests, but it is possible their last-16 German opponents are protesting over a separate licence-to-play issue.

"There are doubts about the validity of the permission to play for Drogba in the Champions League," the Bundesliga club announced on their official Twitter account.

"Schalke reserves its rights and is looking into this."

The former Chelsea striker joined Galatasaray on an 18-month contract in the last few days of the January transfer window, leaving Shanghai Shenhua on a free transfer as they had been deemed not to have paid his wages.

Schalke general manager Horst Heldt claimed on Thursday "it would be irresponsible not to do this [launch an appeal]."

However, Gala have moved to deny any wrongdoing, with president Ali Durust confident that the Istanbul club are well within their rights to field the player in European competition.

He added: "We fulfill the Uefa and Fifa obligations for the licence. There won't be any problem about the issue."

Drogba did not have much of an effect on the scoreline on Wednesday as Burak Yilmaz's opening goal was cancelled out by Jermaine Jones' equaliser, and the two teams fought the remainder of the match on level terms.