Sunday, December 29, 2013

OSG Prem: West Brom's Anelka Facing Ban For Anti-Semitic Gesture

((HT: BPL))

First of all... tell us what you think this gesture means...

Anelka scored twice in West Brom's 3-3 draw with West Ham, but the FA is asking him what in the blue hell he was thinking when he gave the French "quenelle" salute- made famous by French comedian Dieudonne, a close personal friend of Anelka, and linked to anti-Semitism in France.

Anelka is claiming that it was just a nod to his friend while the rest of the world is coming down hard...

French minister for sport Valerie Fourneyron called the move "shocking" and "disgusting" through her official Twitter account.

"Anelka's gesture is a shocking provocation, disgusting. There's no place for anti-Semitism and incitement to hatred on the football field."

Richard Ferrer, of the Jewish News, told Sky Sports News:

"This is either a lack of awareness on Anelka's part, or something more sinister...he must be aware of the 'quenelle's meaning and the baggage it carries. Surely he was making a statement? It's a major concern for the Football Association."

European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor told Sky: "This salute is merely a lesser known Nazi salute and we expect the same kind of punishment to be handed down by the authorities as if Anelka had made the infamous outstretched arm salute."

The HQ guesses that Anelka is in a load of trouble...

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