Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue escape punishment from Turkish FA over Nelson Mandela tribute

Drogba and Eboue to be punished over Mandela tributes
Well after much deliberation, Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue escaped punishment from the Turkish FA after a wave of popular support for the Galatasaray stars who unveiled tribute messages to Nelson Mandela on their vests after a game on Friday-The Turkish FA argued that Drogba and Eboue violated league rules by mixing politics with sports.

Turkey's disciplinary committee, on Tuesday decided to back down and will not fine the players.

Lots of people have been pouring heartfelt tributes to one of Africa’s greatest hero Nelson Mandela following his recent demise and it’s no surprise that athletes, especially African athletes have joined mourners in honoring a beloved hero.  
Didier Drogba along with fellow Ivory Coast international and Galatasaray teammate Emmanuel Eboue did their part with a personalized message in honor of Mandela during Friday's 2-0 win over Elazigspor.

Galatasaray`s Emmanuel Eboue from Ivory Coast wears a t-shirt in honor of late former South African President Nelson Mandela, during a Turkish super league match between Galatasaray and Elazigspor match on December 6, 2013, at Turk Telekom Arena, in Istanbul. People gathered in cities around the world to make their own personal tributes to Nelson Mandela on December 6, leaving flowers and setting up makeshift shrines in an outpouring of emotion for South Africa's anti-apartheid icon. AFP PHOTO/STRSTR/AFP/Getty Images
After the final whistle blew, Drogba revealed a shirt under his uniform kit that read "Thank you Madiba," while Eboue also removed his jersey to show off a tank top emblazoned with the words "Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela."

Galatasaray reacted to the row by hanging a huge image of Mandela outside their stadium, ahead of Tuesday night's game against Juventus, and a message saying: 'Your legacy is in our hearts'.

The Former Chelsea star Drogba reacted to the whole incident by  tweeting on Monday that he would do the same again.