Ivory Coast's Drogba, Eboue escape fine for Mandela tribute

Mahmoud Elassal, Monday 16 Dec 2013

Galatasaray's African stars Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue escape punishment from Turkey FA for showing homage to Nelson Mandela

Didier Drogba
Galatasaray's Didier Drogba from Ivory Coast salutes soccer fans as he wears a jersey in sign of respect for Nelson Mandela before their Turkish League match with Elazigspor in Istanbul, Turkey, Friday, Dec. 6, 2013 (Photo: AP)

Ivory Coast's stars Didier Drogba and Emmanuel Eboue won't be punished for displaying tributes to Nelson Mandela during a league match, the Turkish Football Federation announced Monday.

The Turkish Football Federation Disciplinary Committee decided to drop the charges brought against the Ivory Coast internationals for showing tributes to South African leader Nelson Mandela.

Both players removed their Galatasaray club shirts after the game against SB Elazigspor, revealing T-shirts that read: "Thank You Madiba" and "Rest in Peace Nelson Mandela."

The Turkish Football Federation threatened to take action against the Ivory Coast's duo for wearing vests bearing "political" messages, which are not allowed during matches.

After a brief hearing on Monday, the Disciplinary Committee has dropped the charge against the players.

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