NEWCASTLE, England (AP) – 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.