Drogba won't tolerate racism
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Didier Drogba will leave the pitch should he be subjected to racist abuse.
Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has confirmed he will consider leaving the pitch should he have racist abuse aimed towards him.
Drogba's team-mate, Shaun Wright-Phillips, was subjected to monkey taunts during an England game against Spain in 2004 and the Ivorian front-man believes these problems need removing from the game.
England defender Rio Ferdinand is part of a group calling for referees to have the power to abandon games should they hear abuse but as yet, no rule has been brought in.
Drogba says he will take the law into his own hands should any abuse be in the direction of him.
"The great thing about football is that it is a game for everyone, no matter where you come from or what you look like," he said.
"Football brings people from around the world together but some people don't realise this and they want to make chants about a player's colour.
"I have had some problems with this in the past and it is wrong. We have to think about what we can do to let these people know we do not want this, it is not right.
"It is not just a problem in Spain or in football but something everyone needs to put right."
The former Marseille man has had a somewhat topsy-turvy start to his footballing career in England, having been accused of diving on a number of occasions.
However, Drogba remains Jose Mourinho's first-choice lone front-man, but the African says he prefers having someone alongside him, as he did on Sunday against West Ham United.
"Maybe it would be easier for me if I played with a strike partner," Drogba added.
"It would take the pressure off but the important thing is to be in the team.
"The manager is happy with me and I am happy with him and that is what matters."