Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo has been fined £15,000 by the FA after supporting Nicholas Anelka's 'quenelle' gesture last December.
The 26-year-old took to social media to support the gesture after the French striker made the gesture for West Bromwich Albion in their 3-3 draw with West Ham United. The sign, which is also considered an inverted Nazi salute, was performed by Anelka as a sign of support for the French comedian, Dieudonne M'bala M'bala. But following this, the striker was fined £80,000 and had his contract terminated by his club.
As well as being charged, Sagbo has been issued to take a compulsory education course.
In the past, Steve Bruce has supported the striker as he believes that this is just a case of political correctness gone mad. Yet, will Bruce be able to include the striker with the eyes of the FA watching on at Wembley on the 17th May?
In February it was announced that Dieudonne would no longer be welcomed into the UK and several of his shows have been cancelled in his home country. Since the gesture came into the spotlight, more pictures have been revealed of people performing the gesture outside synagogues and Holocaust sites. Although M'bala M'bala insists that it is a mark of anti-establishment, many view it as an anti-semitic symbol.
If Bruce decides to axe Sagbo from the squad then he will have to look to Matty Fryatt who made a notable impact in the second half of the semi-final against Sheffield United, scoring the second. Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long are both cup tied and will therefore not make an appearance possibly giving Sone Aluko the chance to start.
Although Sagbo has the right to appeal against the decision it's unlikely the forward will come off with the desired outcome. This is the second time the FA have been faced with an issue over an offensive gesture and they have made their stance clear with a hefty fine.
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