FA charges Nicolas Anelka for anti-Semitic gesture

5:27 AM, Jan 21, 2014   |    comments
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 December 28, 2013. (Photo by Ian Kington/AFP/Getty Images)
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LONDON (AP) - West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka has been charged by the English Football Association for performing a gesture considered to be anti-Semitic while celebrating a goal.

The former France international has until Thursday to respond to the charge, and is facing a minimum five-game Premier League ban under the FA's anti-discrimination sanctions.

The gesture, which is known in France as a "quenelle" and has been described as an "inverted Nazi salute," involves pointing one straightened arm downward while touching the shoulder with the opposite hand.

The Associated Press

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