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Football: English FA charges West Brom's Anelka over quenelle salute

Published on Jan 21, 2014 5:40 PM
West Bromwich Albion's French striker Nicolas Anelka gestures as he celebrates scoring their second goal during the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and West Bromwich Albion at The Boleyn Ground, Upton Park in east London on Dec 28, 2013. -- FILE PHOTO: AFP

LONDON (REUTERS) - The English Football Association (FA) charged Nicolas Anelka on Tuesday for making a "quenelle" salute after scoring for West Bromwich Albion against West Ham United in the Premier League last month.

The salute is widely regarded as being anti-Semitic and the FA have charged the former France international under Rule 3 for "making an abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper gesture".

In a statement on its website (, the FA added: "It is further alleged that this is an aggravated breach, as defined in FA Rule E3, in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief."

Anelka, who has denied he used it in any derogatory way, has until 1800 GMT on Thursday (2am Friday Singapore time) to respond to the charge.