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FA charge Anelka over ‘quenelle’ salute

West Brom’s French striker made the gesture during a Premier League game against West Ham over Christmas.

Anelka during the incident in question.
Anelka during the incident in question.
Image: John Walton/EMPICS Sport

WEST BROMWICH ALBION striker Nicolas Anelka has been charged after making an allegedly anti-Semitic salute during a recent match, the Football Association announced this morning.

The 34-year-old French striker performed the ‘quenelle’ salute, putting one arm across his chest and straightening the other, during West Brom’s 3-3 draw at West Ham United in the Premier League last month.

“The FA has charged the West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka following an incident that occurred during the West Ham United versus West Bromwich Albion fixture at the Boleyn Ground on 28 December 2013,” read a statement published on the FA website.

“It is alleged that, in the 40th minute of the fixture, Anelka made a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper, contrary to FA Rule E3[1].

“It is further alleged that this is an aggravated breach, as defined in FA Rule E3[2], in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.”

He has until 23 January to respond to the charge.

- © AFP, 2014

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