#NelsonMandela: Footballers, Drogba and Eboue penalized for paying tribute to late icon

by Adeola Balogun

Eboue and Drogba

Following the death of late South African anti-apartheid icon, Nelson Mandela, millions of supporters paid tribute in any way they could.

This included former Chelsea striker, Didier Drogba and a colleague at Turkish FA, Emmanuel Eboue, who after a match revealed vests bearing messages in honour of the late Mandela.

However, the management of Turkish FA took exception to the gesture and both players are now facing fines for their action.

 

Vanguard reports:

The two Ivory Coast internationals unveiled their personal messages after Galatasaray’s game against Elazigspor on Friday, their first game after the death of South African icon Mandela.

Chelsea legend Drogba peeled off his shirt at the 2-0 win to reveal a tribute which said: ‘Thank you Madiba’ and former Arsenal defender Eboue’s vest said: ‘Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela’.

The Turkish FA (TFF) are planning to summon the Galatasaray pair to appear before the Professional Football Discipline Committee because they had not sought prior permission to display their messages.

It is in contrast to England where games this weekend have been preceded by a minute of applause in celebration of Mandela’s life and his role in ending apartheid in South Africa and transforming the international profile of Africa.

Plans to discipline Drogba and Eboue are certain to attract criticism and fuel debate in Turkey, where the TFF are trying to keep political imagery out of football as directed by FIFA, although it has proved increasingly difficult in a football-crazy nation beset by political tension.

 

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