Thursday 14 December 2017

Nicolas Anelka shirt must appear without logo, insists Zoopla

Nicholas Anelka's gesture could earn him a five-game ban
Nicholas Anelka's gesture could earn him a five-game ban

John Percy

Zoopla has instructed West Bromwich Albion to remove their name from Nicolas Anelka's shirt for Monday night's game against Everton.

Albion's principal sponsors have stepped up their row with the club by insisting that Anelka must wear a shirt without their branding as the controversy over the now infamous 'quenelle' approaches a resolution this week.

Anelka is under investigation by the Football Association for the goal celebration during a 3-3 draw with West Ham in December. Zoopla, co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterman, has contacted West Brom to relay its frustration over the apparent lack of action taken against the former France international.

The 34-year-old is expected to be in the squad for the game against Everton at the Hawthorns but Albion are under pressure to take the Zoopla logo off his shirt.

Albion have rigidly stuck to their original statement issued last month that insisted they would continue to consider Anelka for selection while the investigation is ongoing.

The FA is expected to announce their verdict on Tuesday, with Anelka facing a potential minimum five-match ban under new anti-racism rules.

Anelka's gesture has been described by critics and Jewish organisations as a 'Nazi salute in reverse', and the FA has been coming under increasing pressure to hand out punishment.

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