The Straits Times
Published on Dec 05, 2012

Drogba denies backing pro-Palestinian petition


PARIS (AFP) - Ivory Coast striker Didier Drogba is the latest player to distance himself from a petition to Uefa denouncing awarding the European under-21 football championships to Israel.

The petition, the initiative of French-born Mali striker Frederic Kanoute who now plays in China with Beijing Gunan, was published on the former Lyon, Tottenham and West Ham striker's website last week.

But Drogba joined a growing band of players whose names appeared on the list to state he had never signed the protest.

"My name was on a list of signatories of a petition supporting Palestine," he wrote on his website.