Quotes: US MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

FA charges Anelka over 'quenelle' salute  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Arab News - 22/01/2014

No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!


 


(MENAFN -Arab News) LONDON: 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.

Zoopla, a property market search engine co-owned by businessman Alex Chesterman, announced on Monday they would not be renewing their three million pounds (4.93 million) Albion shirt sponsorship at the end of the season because of Anelka’s actions.

“Zoopla has been reviewing its position over the past few weeks in light of the actions of striker Nicolas Anelka during the match against West Ham over the Christmas period and has decided to focus its attention on other marketing activities after this season,” the company said.

Dr. Moshe Kantor, the president of the European Jewish Congress, expressed satisfaction that Anelka had been charged.

“We are happy that the FA has correctly concluded that Anelka’s quenelle salute falls under the guidelines of what constitutes a racist and offensive gesture,” Kantor said in a statement.

“We hope that the FA will give Anelka the strongest punishment possible and in line with similar punishments for other football players who made racist and offensive gestures or comments.

“The FA must send a very strong message that offenses made against the Jewish community should be treated in the same away as offenses against any other minority.” The striker celebrated the first of his two goals against West Ham in a 3-3 draw at Upton Park with the “quenelle,” made famous by French comedian Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala as an anti-establishment salute.

The comedian is a friend of Anelka’s.



Bromwich held



Spaniard Pepe Mel’s first match as manager of West Bromwich Albion ended in a 1-1 Premier League draw with Everton at the Hawthorns on Monday as the controversy engulfing Nicolas Anelka took a new twist.

Diego Lugano’s first goal in English football, a powerful 75th minute header, earned West Brom a share of the spoils after visitors Everton, who would have gone into the Champions League places with a victory, had taken a first-half lead through Kevin Mirallas.

The result saw West Brom move four points clear of the relegation zone and left Everton five in front of reigning champions Manchester United, managed by their former boss David Moyes.

Mel, brought in to replace the sacked Steve Clarke, saw the hours before the match dominated by the latest development in the Anelka ‘quenelle’ gesture row.


 






  MENA News Headlines
Apr 16 2014Saudi oil exports reach USD77 b in Q1 ,MENAFN
(MENAFN) Saudi exports of crude oil reached over 715.72 million barrels in the first three months of the current year, according to Arab News. The amount of oil exports of the kingdom was ...

Apr 16 2014Saudi Electricity Company to launch 17 projects ,MENAFN
(MENAFN) Saudi Electricity Company plans 17 new projects across the kingdom to meet the growing demand on energy and electricity, according to Arab News. The projects are estimated at as much as ...

Apr 16 2014Erotic art offers glimpse of China's 'lost' sexual philosophy ,AFP
(MENAFN - AFP) Ancient paintings of fornicating Chinese couples and phalluses made of stone are among items that Dutch art collector Ferdinand Bertholet hopes will help China reconnect with its ...

Apr 16 2014Cash-rich global firms face calls to crack open war chests ,AFP
(MENAFN - AFP) Impatient shareholders are calling on the world's top firms to start spending some of the eye-popping $2.8 trillion in cash built up since the financial crisis, as analysts warn that ...

Apr 16 2014Russian sanctions would destroy Cyprus economy FM ,AFP
(MENAFN - AFP) Economic sanctions by Europe against Russia "would destroy Cyprus's economy," Nicosia's foreign minister Ioannis Kasoulides said in a German newspaper interview published ...

Apr 16 2014Supermarket Tesco announces annual net profit of £974m ,AFP
(MENAFN - AFP) Supermarket group Tesco, Britain's biggest retailer, on Wednesday announced a massive jump in annual net profits, but its underlying performance showed a fall. Tesco said profit ...

Apr 16 2014Chinese, Russian FMs discuss Ukraine ,Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Chinese Foreign Minister Wang Yi and his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov called for the interests of all parties in the in Ukraine's crisis to be respected, ...

Apr 16 2014Kuwait- GIC chief participates in ABANA Summit panel discussions ,Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Shafic Ali, head of the Principal Investments Group at Gulf Investment Corporation (GIC) late Tuesday participated in a panel discussion on (Emerging Trends in ...

Apr 16 2014Two people dead, 107 missing in S. Korea sunken ferry ,Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) A passenger ship carrying more than 470 people, mostly high school students, sank off South Korea's southern coast on Wednesday, leaving at least two people dead ...

Apr 16 2014Today in Kuwait's history ,Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) 1961 -- First edition of "Al-Rai Al-Aam" newspaper hit the stands. 1962 -- Kuwait joined the United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs. 1972 -- The Amir ...

Apr 16 2014EU voices concern over increase of terrorist attacks in Nigeria ,Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) EU High Representative for foreign affairs and security policy Catherine Ashton late Tuesday "strongly condemned" the abduction of more than 100 school girls in ...

Apr 16 2014Reporters Without Borders says three more pressmen killed in Syria ,Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)
(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Three more journalists have been killed by gunfire in the Syrian town of Maaloula, north of the capital Damascus, press freedom organisation Reporters Without ...

Apr 16 2014Afghanistan- Security directorate opens ,The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Afghan National Army soldiers and their Nato counterparts attend the opening ceremony of National Directorate of Security funded by the US in Lashkar Gah, Helmand province, ...

Apr 16 2014India- Varun has betrayed the Gandhi family, says Priyanka ,The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Priyanka Gandhi Vadra yesterday slammed estranged cousin Varun Gandhi for the second time in three days, criticising him for siding with the BJP, and "betraying the ...

Apr 16 2014India- Campaigning ends for sixth phase polling ,The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Campaigning came to an end yesterday for the sixth phase of general elections that will decide the fate of 122 Lok Sabha seats across 10 states, including West Bengal and ...

Apr 16 2014India- Fire escape ,The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Afirefighter wearing a fire suit walks through a wall of flames during a demonstration of their skills for Fire Safety Week in Bhubaneswar yesterday. Fire Safety Week runs ...

Apr 16 2014India- Modi attacks Rahul over 'toffee model', regrets targeting PM ,The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) "In such a big election, first they spoke of balloons and now toffees... If he gets a toffee, his day is made. But in my childhood, I never even knew what a toffee was. I ...

Apr 16 2014UN warns Nepal over civil war crime amnesty ,The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Nepal would weaken the foundations of "genuine and lasting" peace after a decade-long civil war if it gave amnesties for serious crimes committed during the conflict, the top ...

Apr 16 2014Japan- Lunar eclipse ,The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Partial lunar eclipse is seen atop an antenna on the roof of a high-rise building in Tokyo yesterday. ...

Apr 16 2014South Africa gears up for polls ,The Peninsula
(MENAFN - The Peninsula) Unemployed South African men look at an election campaign poster for opposition party Inkatha Freedom Party in Cape Town yesterday. South Africa is to hold its fourth general ...

more...


 






Google

 
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  
 

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network
Arabic MENAFN

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country
Marketwatch News
UPI News
Comtex News

IPO News
Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices

US Markets Details

Commodoties

Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks
 

Algeria 
Bahrain 
Egypt 
Iraq
Jordan 
Kuwait 
Lebanon
Morocco 
Oman 
Palestine
Qatar 
Saudi Arabia 
Syria
Tunisia 
UAE 
Yemen

Weather
Investment Game
Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

My MENAFN
Portfolio Tracker

Voting

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor

Events

Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters


 
© 2000 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help