Anelka to drop quenelle

West Bromwich Albion have confirmed they will continue to select striker Nicolas Anelka following his controversial goal celebration at Upton Park.

Last Updated: 31/12/13 at 10:12 Post Comment   

Nicolas Anelka (centre): West Brom striker caused controversy with goal celebrat

Nicolas Anelka (centre): West Brom striker caused controversy with goal celebrat

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

And the French striker has promised that he will not make the 'quenelle' gesture again.

He made the gesture - described by some as an inverted Nazi salute and linked to anti-Semitism - after scoring in the 3-3 draw on 28 December.

The development came as it emerged that Manchester City's Samir Nasri, Liverpool's Mamadou Sakho and NBA star Tony Parker had all performed the 'quenelle' in the past - with all three insisting they had no idea it had possible anti-Semitic meaning.

Anelka himself has insisted that no offence was intended and that he was simply expressing solidarity with his friend, the French comedian Dieudonne M'bala.

The FA are now looking into the matter but West Brom say that Anelka will be available for the New Year's Day game against Newcastle, although they have asked him not to repeat the gesture.

A club statement read: "Nicolas was asked to explain his goal celebration by Keith Downing within minutes of the game finishing at West Ham.

"Nicolas said that he performed the gesture to dedicate his goal to a friend and vehemently denied having any intention to cause offence.

"Upon reporting for training on Monday morning, Nicolas was asked by sporting director Richard Garlick to give a full explanation about his goal celebration, during which he again strongly denied intending to cause offence.

"The club fully acknowledges that Nicolas' goal celebration has caused offence in some quarters and has asked Nicolas not to perform the gesture again.

"Nicolas immediately agreed to adhere to this request.

"The club is aware that the Football Association is investigating the matter and has offered its full co-operation. The club will continue to make its own enquiries - a process which will remain confidential between the club and Nicolas.

"Nicolas is eligible for matches whilst the FA carries out its investigation.

"Therefore, Nicolas will remain under consideration for first-team selection whilst the FA and club continue their enquiries."

Nasri and Sakho have both performed the "quenelle" in the past and the Liverpool man said on Twitter in November that he was tricked into using the salute, saying: "I did not know the meaning of this gesture, I got trapped!"

Nasri wrote on Twitter on Monday that his "quenelle" pose in a picture that he posted two months ago "symbolises being against the system" and has "absolutely nothing to do with" being anti-Semitic.

"I apologise for causing any hurt to anyone who might have been misled into thinking this means anything of that nature," he tweeted.

Parker, the French basketball star, performed it three years ago alongside the comedian at the centre of the controversy, Dieudonne.

Parker released a statement on Monday which said: "While this gesture has been part of French culture for many years, it was not until recently that I learned of the very negative concerns associated with it.

"When l was photographed making that gesture three years ago, I thought it was part of a comedy act and did not know that it could be in any way offensive or harmful.

"Since I have been made aware of the seriousness of this gesture, I will certainly never repeat the gesture and sincerely apologise for any misunderstanding or harm relating to my actions."

World Cup 2014

Check out the latest outright odds on next summer's World Cup in Brazil

Related News

Sky Bet

    • Retrieving latest Sky Bet odds

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

I

may well get slated by other United fans for this, but out of the three contenders, I'd far prefer Liverpool to win the title. Yes some elements of their fanbase can be a bit OTT, yes they're our biggest rivals and yes it will make our poor season feel even more like the end of an era (Fergie's gone, Liverpool are back on top). However I just have to applaud Brendan Rodgers and the way he's turned Liverpool around in just a couple of seasons. It...

Mike_Christie
Please Stop Telling Us What To Think

H

ooray! We are all excited now, we beat a very mediocre team! With all due respect to WHU supporters, not winning that game shouldn't even be a consideration. This is the problem, there is no winning mentality at the Emirates - we're all congratulating ourselves beating a team that we have a winning record against.

TheWhiz
Wenger hails important win

I

s this meant to be an aspiration for United supporters? Moyes mediocrity strikes again. I see the Bayern boys don't want to sign for him, and his reputation amongst the senior European coaches make other key signings unlikely.

redbornandbred
De Gea's Europa League target

Footer 365

Cardiff City: Ole Gunnar Solskjaer defends Aron Gunnarsson over leak

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has defended Aron Gunnarsson over allegations he leaked details of the Cardiff starting XI.

Liverpool dominate PFA shortlists

Liverpool's Luis Suarez, Steven Gerrard and Daniel Sturridge have all been nominated for the PFA's Player of the Year award.

World Cup: England boss Roy Hodgson sees Andrea Pirlo as Italy's key threat

Roy Hodgson admits Andrea Pirlo is the main threat when England take on Italy in their World Cup opener in Brazil.

Mail Box

Kieran's Not The Only One Keeping Notes

Another chap in the mailbox has been keeping notes on comments made by optimistic Man United fans. Plus, Garey Vance is offering a double-or-quits on his new tattoo...

Mignolet Is The Reason For Liverpool Flying

Mignolet's bad kicking is the reason for Liverpool's success, whilst one man keep notes on F365 mails. Plus England excitement, Arteta and a bad Walsall experience...

© 2014 British Sky Broadcasting Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media property