Current and former Premier League players Eden Hazard, Didier Drogba, Abou Diaby, Papiss Cissé, Cheick Tioté, Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye and Demba Ba have called on the Union of European Football Associations not to allow Israel to host the upcoming European under-21s competition.
Among the civilians killed in Gaza this month, four children were killed when the Israelis bombed a stadium.
“It is unacceptable that children are killed while they play football. Israel hosting the Uefa Under-21 European championship, in these circumstances, will be seen as a reward for actions that are contrary to sporting values” says their statement, released by campaign for Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel.
It was the sport boycott which hit apartheid South Africa the most. The cricket and rugby authorities in the other countries decided that they could not play against teams selected for the colour of their skin. This hammered home apartheid’s isolation more than anything else.