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Drogba refused to play after learning he was on the bench, says Mauro Biello

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In arguably, the Impact’s biggest game of the season, Drogba refused to be on the gameday roster after learning he would start the game on the bench

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In a hard-fought 2-2 tie, that clinched a playoff spot for the Montreal Impact against Toronto FC, the pre-game and post-game atmosphere was not all rainbows and marshmallows around the Bleu-Blanc-Noir.

Before announcing that the Ivorian striker was out due to a back injury, a report from RDS , 2 hours before the game, said that the player was not on the 18-man roster . Speculation ensued as reports were coming out that there was a falling out between the manager, Mauro Biello, and the ex-Chelsea striker.

During the post-game press conference, Biello started it by clearing the air and confirming reports that Drogba did not react well to being benched and asked not to be on the 18-man roster.

As we expect the club to make a decision on Drogba’s final days or weeks with the club, the Impact is officially in the MLS playoffs and will play their last game , against the New England Revolution next Sunday.

Full Press Conference - Mauro Biello