FA charges Anelka over 'quenelle' salute
By Mike Collett
LONDON (Reuters) - The Football Association 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 gesture is widely regarded as being anti-Semitic and the FA charged the former France international under Rule E3 for "making an abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper gesture".
"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," the FA said in a statement.
Anelka, 34, who has denied he used it in any derogatory way,
has until 1800 GMT on Thursday to respond to the charge which carries a minimum five-game ban.
West Brom said the player had received a 34-page document explaining the allegations against him.
"Under FA rules Anelka remains available for first-team selection until the FA's disciplinary process has reached its conclusion. Following this the club will conclude its own internal enquiry," Albion said in a statement.
Whether the FA find him guilty or not, the gesture has already had repercussions. Continued...