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December 06, 2012

Ten Fake Signatures on Shrinking Soccer Petition?

Frédéric Kanouté.

Frédéric Kanouté's anti-Israel soccer petition is shrinking.

Maybe that shouldn't be a surprise — if the text of the petition is inaccurate, why wouldn't many of the signatures be, too?

Initial news stories claimed 62 players signed the petition. But then Didier Drogba and Yohan Cabaye, whose names originally appeared on the statement, announced that they didn't actually sign it.

Yesterday, we counted 59 names Kanouté's petition page — we didn't get a screen shot — suggesting that a third player's name was added without permission.

And as of this writing, there are 52 names.

The following ten "signatories" apparently never signed, and perhaps never even saw, the petition, as their names have been removed from the list of 62 purported signatories:

André Ayew, Olympique de Marseille (France)
Jordan Ayew, Olympique de Marseille (France)
Yohan Cabaye, Newcastle United (UK)
Soulaymane Diawara, Olympique de Marseille (France)
Didier Drogba, Shanghaï Shenhua (China)
Rod Fanni, Olympique de Marseille (France)
Charles Kaboré, Olympique de Marseille (France)
Anthony Le Tallec, AJ Auxerre (France)
Steve Mandanda, Olympique de Marseille (France)
Arnold Mvuemba, Olympique Lyonnais (France)

Posted by GI at December 6, 2012 12:12 PM


I didnt take a screenshot, either, but copied all the names while there still were 62:

Billel Omrani,
Hassan Yebda,
Rod Fanni,
Jires Kembo Ekoko,
Chris Gadi,
Arnold Mvuemba,
Ibrahim Duplus,
Florent Hanin,
Anthony Le Tallec,
Laurent Nardol,
Fabrice Numeric,
Gael Angoula,
Pascal Chimbonda,
Abdoulaye Baldé,
Leon Best,
Nathan Ellington,
Abdoulaye Doucouré,
Frédéric Kanouté,
Mamady Sidibé,
Djimi Traore,
Aatif Chahechouche,
Sylvain Marveaux,
Nicolas Maurice-Belay,
Diomansy Kamara,
Soudani El-Arabi Hilal,
Ryad Boudebouz,
Eden Hazard,
Charles Kaboré,
Cheikh Tioté,
Didier Drogba,
Steve Mandanda,
Abou Diaby,
Yohan Cabaye,
Jérémy Menez,
Alou Diarra,
Mbaye Niang,
Yacine Brahimi,
André Ayew,
Jordan Ayew,
Djamal Mahamat,
Mahamadou N’diaye,
Samba Diakité,
Momo Sissoko,
Karim Ait-Fana,
Chahir Belghazouani,
Jonathan Bru,
Demba Ba,
Papiss Cissé,
Omar Daf,
Issiar Dia,
Soulaymane Diawara,
Pape Diop,
Doudou Jacques Faty,
Ricardo Faty,
Remi Gomis,
Kader Manganne,
Cheikh M’bengué,
Mamadou Niang,
Lamine Sané,
Armand Traoré,
Moussa Sow,

Posted by: Henrik at December 7, 2012 01:38 PM

Actually two new footballers have joined the list. Michel Platini and Mickey Mouse. Red Card ">

There are zero safeguards on the petition against anyone signing up any name they like. The footballers are celebrities but who knows how many other names are faked?

Posted by: David Guy at December 8, 2012 04:48 PM

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