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

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

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."

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

Related News

Most Commented

Readers' Comments

S

hould have stayed because we carried him for 6.5 years. And then he has a breakthrough season, and was gone soon after. MU fans, you would be as disgusted had C Ronaldo left in 2007 and not 2009.

godof86
Is Van Persie Slipping Sadly Into The Night?

G

ood grief. Someone guessed that the form English player at the moment might be in his national side with some other players? And that's espionage? Now if they discovered that Emile Heskey was going to be in the starting line up.... at right back.... THAT would be espionage. Give it a rest Roy.

RogerRedHat
Hodgson hits out at Kane leak

H

e may get away with if Liverpool can swap the video with one of Skrtel dancing or something, but if they review the one shown on TV he's screwed.

hump3.
Skrtel denies violent conduct

Footer 365

Luis Suarez rules out joining any English club but Liverpool

Luis Suarez refused to rule out a return to Liverpool and insists he will never play for another Premier League club.

Scotland 6-1 Gibraltar: Steven Fletcher scores hat-trick in European Qualifier

Gibraltar scored their first competitive goal, but Steven Fletcher's hat-trick helped Scotland win 6-1 at Hampden Park.

Manchester United's Radamel Falcao plays down talk of Juventus move

Radamel Falcao has played down talk of a summer move to Juventus and says he is fully focused on Manchester United.

Mail Box

FA Refusing To Learn From Germany

We have a postcard from Germany in the Mailbox highlighting how Greg Dyke's quick-fix approach is all wrong. Also, the clamour for Kane, and size matters, apparently...

Where's The Love For Walcott?

Theo Walcott is wanted by neither Arsenal or Liverpool fans in the afternoon Mailbox. Also, some good points on the FA skewed priorities, and glorious geekery...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company