Friday 23 March 2018

Nicolas Anelka quizzed by FA officials over 'quenelle' gesture

Nicolas Anelka of West Brom touches his sleeve making the 'quenelle' gesture last month
Nicolas Anelka of West Brom touches his sleeve making the 'quenelle' gesture last month

John Percy

Nicolas Anelka has been contacted by the Football Association to offer an explanation over the controversial 'quenelle' gesture.

It is understood Anelka was asked for his observations by FA officials last week as the investigation into the alleged reverse Nazi salute goal celebration continues.

Anelka is facing a potential five-match ban under new anti-racism rules for the gesture made after his goal against West Ham United last month.

The West Bromwich Albion forward has been accused of being anti-semitic, claims he has denied, and the FA is coming under increasing pressure to conclude their investigation swiftly.

But it is unlikely that the FA will reach a resolution until the end of this month, after appointing an expert to deal with the issues surrounding the storm created by the 34-year-old.

Pepe Mel, the new Albion head coach, will be unveiled at the Hawthorns later this week and is expected to face questions regarding the gesture at his first press conference in England.

West Brom are also awaiting the results of the FA's investigation before deciding which action to take - if any - against the summer signing.

Anelka has started both Premier League games for the club since December's trip to West Ham.

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