29 Dec 2013

Alleged Anelka anti-Semitic gesture to be investigated by FA

11:38 am on 29 December 2013

The English Football Association is to investigate an alleged anti-Semitic gesture made by West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka during today's 3-3 Premier League draw at West Ham United.

An FA spokesman says a probe will be launched after Anelka's actions provoked widespread criticism.

The former France striker marked the first of his two goals against West Ham with an apparent "quenelle" hand signal made famous by French comedian Dieudonne that is linked to anti-Semitism.

French Sports Minister Valerie Fourneyron said on his Twitter feed that Anelka's gesture was a shocking provocation, disgusting, and there's no place for anti-Semitism on the football field.