Associated Press  |  Last updated December 03, 2012
France midfielder Yohan Cabaye says he did not sign a footballers' petition protesting against UEFA's choice of Israel as 2013 European Under-21 Championship host. The Newcastle player was among 62 players who were listed on a petition last Friday supporting Palestinian groups organized by former Tottenham and Sevilla striker Frederic Kanoute. Cabaye says on his website that he ''has never been a signatory'' to the campaign which responded to Israel's recent military offensive in Gaza. Didier Drogba and Eden Hazard were also named beneath a statement on Kanoute's website that Israel was being rewarded ''for actions that are contrary to sporting values.'' Cabaye says he was called by a teammate and just expressed his ''sadness and compassion'' for the families of young players who had been killed.
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