SHOWING their deep-seated respect for Madiba landed them in trouble!
The two top football players are in hot water with the Turkish association after displaying vests bearing tributes to Nelson Mandela.
But Safa has pleaded with the Turkish Football Association to have mercy on Ivorian stars Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue.
The Daily Mail reported that Drogba and Eboue face fines from the association after their club Galatasaray’s 2-0 win against Elazigspor on Friday.
Safa’s Dominic Chimhavi said they were aware of the Fifa rules and regulations that were applied by the Turkish association.
“But we appeal to the association to be considerate and have mercy on those players. The action of the players was one of emotion, considering Mandela was an extraordinary man.”
He described the punishment as “unfortunate and uncalled for”.
“Mandela touched many lives and these players may have been expressing their feelings by removing their shirts,” he said. He said if they are charged with breaking the rules of the game it would be unfortunate. “The messages had no intention to elicit anger.”
)In Ankara, Turkey, the country’s sports minister lashed out at moves by the football authorities to punish the two top Ivorian club players.
Turkish Sports Minister Suat Kilic called on the federation to review its decision against the two star players with Istanbul giant Galatasaray.
“I don’t find it a healthy choice in terms of Turkey’s image abroad and the two footballers’ (freedom of) expression,” he said.