Didier Drogba has avoided suspension after he refused to accept a place on the substitutes’ bench, Montreal Impact president Joey Saputo has revealed.
Montreal coach Mauro Biello said Drogba refused to play rather than start on the bench before Sunday’s 2-2 draw with Toronto FC, and the striker was then left out of Biello’s matchday squad.
Saputo confirmed that he called a meeting with Drogba and Biello after the match to clear the air, and said the pair has resolved their differences.
“I’m happy to announce that the situation has been resolved to the club’s satisfaction,” he said. “Didier has accepted to assume the role that the coach sees fit as well contributing to the success of this club.”
Under terms of the league’s collective bargaining agreement, Drogba will be sanctioned for missing a team activity without permission. But the club has not chosen to ban him for Sunday’s final regular-season game against the New England Revolution.
“He will be fined as per the league rules,” Saputo said. “There’s no reason for a suspension.”