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Nicolas Anelka agrees not to use controversial gesture

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West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka will not use the "quenelle" gesture as a goal celebration again.

The French striker made the controversial salute gesture after the first of his two goals in the Baggies' 3-3 draw against West Ham United. The French minister for sport described the celebration as "a disgusting Anti-Semitic" gesture.

West Brom have asked Anelka not to make the gesture again, as a club statement said: "The club has asked Nicolas not to perform the gesture again. Nicolas immediately agreed to adhere to this request."

Anelka made the gesture in support of French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, whom the French government are trying to ban his shows due to his constant use of the gesture.

The West Brom statement went on: "Nicolas was asked to explain his goal celebration by caretaker head coach Keith Downing within minutes of the game finishing at West Ham.

"Nicolas said that he performed the gesture to dedicate his goal to a friend and vehemently denied having any intention to cause offence.

"Upon reporting for training this morning, Nicolas was asked by sporting & technical director Richard Garlick to give a full explanation about his goal celebration, during which he again strongly denied intending to cause offence." 

West Brom have agreed to help the FA with their enquiry into the gesture and have promised to keep their investigation "confidential between the club and Nicolas."

The club will consider Anelka for matches as the internal Football Association investigation continues.


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