Frédéric Kanouté Statement on Palestine
I received the statement on Palestine from friends, asking if I am willing to sign - I, along with many other footballers, agreed to sign it as a gesture of solidarity with an occupied people.
Thank you all for the thousands of messages of support you sent. Unfortunately, there are some emails and comments on social media criticising us footballers, for expressing views that are shared by many European and world citizens. It is very sad that some people are pressurising us and our clubs to silence the signatories and censor our freedom of thought.
Freedom of speech and the rule of law are key components of a democratic society, this is what we in Europe advocate to the rest of the world.