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Nicolas Anelka agrees to not perform ‘quenelle’ gesture again, as West Brom speak out

Dec 30, 2013, 10:32 AM EDT

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On Monday morning West Bromwich released an updated statement on French striker Nicolas Anelka‘s goal-celebration which has sparked outrage across the globe.

The clubs have stated that the Frenchman must not perform the gesture again, and Anelka has agreed to West Brom’s wishes.

Anelka, 34, performed the ‘quenelle’ gesture which is seen as anti-Semitic in his homeland of France, and is linked to his close friend and controversial French comedian Dieudonne.

The English Football Association has launched an investigation into Anelka’s gesture, which his club West Brom have revealed they’re fully cooperating with and also stated that until Anelka is charged, he will be be considered for first team action.

West Brom have asked Anelka to not repeat the celebration, and after fully explaining his reasons for performing the sign to both caretaker manager Keith Downing and Sporting and Technical Director Richard Garlick, the club released the following.

“The Club fully acknowledges that Nicolas’ goal celebration has caused offense 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 inquiries – a process which will remain confidential between the Club and Nicolas.”

With a minimum ban of five-games under FIFA and FA regulations likely to be heading Anelka’s way, it seems as though the Frenchman could face a lengthy spell on the sidelines despite only returning from a long-term injury to face West Ham on Saturday.

The Frenchman scored twice in a 3-3 draw versus the Hammers but his gesture, which has caused so much fury across global soccer and society, overshadowed anything he did with a soccer ball at his feet over the weekend.

  1. jslip1 - Dec 30, 2013 at 10:45 AM

    Controversial is understating Dieudonne’s style of comedy. Every other source is clear about the comedian’s intentions and subversion. I recommend Martin Samuel’s piece on Daily Mail available here: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2530753/MARTIN-SAMUEL-What-Nicolas-Anelka-did-twice-bad-Luis-Suarez-John-Terry-episodes.html

  2. goodellgate - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:20 AM

    This is pure madness, “la quenelle” is not the new “salut nazi” just because one guy said so.

    This world is getting crazier every day.

    • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 30, 2013 at 11:46 AM

      So the comedian who denies the Holocaust and blames world Jewry for just about anything, his signature hand signal is to be ignored and, possibly, excused?

      Got it!

      • goodellgate - Dec 30, 2013 at 12:39 PM

        Except that hes doesn’t denies the Holocaust..

        This is just a stupid gesture that means we funk “them good by putting our arm in their behind”. He’s been doing it since 2009 and it wasn’t a problem until one guy decided it was, same guy who said that Anelka was basically raping Shoah’s victim. Do you realy agree with that ??

      • koufaxmitzvah - Dec 30, 2013 at 1:27 PM

        Well, I guess you can’t deny the Holocaust when you say not enough Jews died in the Holocaust. Dieudonne is trash. If Anelka wants to emulate him on the ball field, then he’ll figure out fast that the world does not agree with hate monger tactics.

  3. goodellgate - Dec 30, 2013 at 2:48 PM

    One guy said that Dieudonné had a sick brain, and he answered by a joke (which is his job), bad / stupid joke yes, but just a joke..

    So you think Anelka is a nazi ?? Mamadou Sakho ?? Tony Parker ?? Nasri ??

    Nazis, there’s everywhere.

    • unclemosesgreen - Dec 30, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Go back to PFT you simpering idiot. Sakho and Parker already apologized and said that they didn’t understand the larger implications of the gesture, so no, they aren’t Nazi’s.

      I think Anelka is an anti-Semite, because that is what his words and actions lead me to believe.

      For you to believe otherwise means you’re either in agreement with them or you’re just incredibly willfully ignorant and obtuse. Either way you’re a loser.

      • goodellgate - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:12 PM

        Must be nice to live in a world where people that disagrees with you can only be antisemite or idiots who failed at life. I guess it’s the easiest way to save face when you d’ont have anything to say.

      • unclemosesgreen - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:15 PM

        People that disagrees with me has to use better English to seem less stupid. People who disagrees with facts to push their own agenda is the real idiots. I didn’t say you failed at life, but thank you for volunteering facts not already in evidence.

  4. goodellgate - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Oh yeah, attacking the way I write is another good way to try to save face when you don’t have anything relevant to say. You’re pretty good at this, too bad it’s easy to see the emptiness behind it.

    ***People who disagrees with facts to push their own agenda is the real idiots.***
    Like the extremists who decided one day the meaning behind a gesture made by someone else ??

    • unclemosesgreen - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:39 PM

      The way you write is an indicator of the way you think. You are obviously uneducated, and this ignorance is the underpinning of your ignorant viewpoints, which are poorly thought out and expressed even worse.

      You are talking about a person that made the following comment about a Jewish radio presenter: ‘Gas chambers…too bad [they no longer exist].”

      You’re the one with no substantive thought behind your opinions. You have a feeble mind. You *belong* on PFT, you fit in there with the other sub-human primates. Now go back and pick some bugs off one of your PFT buddies. Oook.

      • goodellgate - Dec 30, 2013 at 7:58 PM

        More name calling, how mature..

        Maybe the way I write is just indicates that I am not from the US / UK ??

        And like I said earlier it was a joke against someone who insulted him. If it’s enough for you to call him and his friends nazis..

      • unclemosesgreen - Dec 30, 2013 at 8:03 PM

        I didn’t call anyone a Nazi. Read more carefully. No matter where you are from you can at least do that. If you cared about facts at all, that is.

        If you can’t see that this guy is an anti-Semite, there is truly no help for you.

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