Drogba denies signing anti-Israel tourney petition

Didier Drogba says he wasn’t among the soccer players to sign a

petition protesting the decision to hold next year’s European

under-21 championship in Israel.

He was among 62 names listed on a petition last Friday

supporting Palestinian groups. The petition was organized by former

Tottenham and Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute.

Drogba is a former Chelsea striker from the Ivory Coast who now

plays in Shanghai. He said in a statement Tuesday he did not sign

this petition or ”give my support to this initiative” because he

never gets involved ”in any conflicts, even in my own


Drogba says he tries to ”work for peace and reconciliation”

and ”fight against any forms of injustice or discrimination”

through his own foundation.