Drogba stands by Mandela gesture

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba

Didier Drogba, who has been summoned alongside countryman and club mate Emmanuel Eboue for showing written messages in favour of Nelson Mandela during a league match, has indicated having no regrets about the gesture.

The two Ivory Coast internationals of Turkish side Galatasaray revealed vests bearing tributes to the late former South African president during a match against local side SB Elagizspor last week.

‘Thank you Madiba’ was written on Drogba’s undershirt, while Eboue’s bore the words: ‘Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela’.

The display of political messages during football matches is not allowed by the Turkish Football Federation (TFF), which immediately invited the disciplinary committee to bring action against the two players.

However, the Ivory Coast captain appears unfazed by the threat and says he would do it again if the opportunity arises.

“I’m sorry, but if I have the chance to do it once more, I’d repeat and repeat it,” Drogba said on Tuesday.

“This is not to send out political message but because Mandela inspired me personally. He inspired my country, my continent and the rest of the world.”

Players from another Turkish club Fethiyespor were recently charged for wearing t-shirts reading: ‘Great Ataturk’ in homage of the founder of modern Turkey.


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