December 06, 2012
Ten Fake Signatures on Shrinking Soccer Petition?
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:
Jires Kembo Ekoko,
Anthony Le Tallec,
Soudani El-Arabi Hilal,
Doudou Jacques Faty,
Posted by: Henrik at December 7, 2012 01:38 PM
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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