Drogba denies signing pro-Palestine petition

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

pro-Palestine petition protesting against UEFA’s decision to stage

the European under-21 championship in Israel next year.

The former Chelsea striker, who now plays for Chinese club

Shanghai Shenhua, was included in the 62 names that were listed on

a petition last Friday supporting Palestinian groups, organized by

former Tottenham and Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute.

Drogba said Tuesday in a statement that ”I did not sign this

petition or give my support to this initiative because I have never

got involved in any conflicts, even in my own country, the Ivory


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

and ”fight against any forms of injustice or discrimination”

through his own foundation, created in 2007.