Marseille's Jordan Ayew: 'I am not a trouble-maker like Mario Balotelli'

Marseille's Jordan Ayew during their match with Ajaccio on October 22, 2011
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Jordan Ayew says that he does not see himself as a bad apple and points out that Mario Balotelli does far worse things than he does.

Marseille striker Jordan Ayew has defended his reputation and says that he is not a mischief-maker like AC Milan striker Mario Balotelli.

The 21-year-old was recently criticised by Marseille assistant coach Franck Passi for an altercation with Paris Saint-Germain midfielder David Beckham last week.

"My dad (Abedi Pele) is the first one to ask me not to stir things up," he told L'Equipe. "But he was a footballer, he knows what happens on the pitch.

"I think it's a bit too much. In Paris, because it was Beckham, the affair took on impossible proportions. If it had been [PSG's Clement] Chantome or whoever else, it wouldn't have been talked about.

"It pisses me off. People take the mickey. What do I honestly do? Not half of what Balotelli does, for example. In reality, I do nothing. Now, I'm going to shut up, you'll see, to the end of the season."

Ayew has been at Marseille since 2006.

Marseille's Jordan Ayew during their match with Ajaccio on October 22, 2011
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