Anelka

Spurs’ Benoit Assou-Ekotto banned for three games over quenelle tweets

By Marcus Dysch, September 19, 2014

The Football Association has banned Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto after he posted messages on Twitter relating to the antisemitic quenelle gesture.

Assou-Ekotto had been charged with improper conduct in April and ordered to remove two tweets following Nicolas Anelka controversially performed the quenelle last year.

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FA insists Anelka must serve quenelle ban if he signs for Indian club

By Daniel Easterman, September 16, 2014

The Football Association will demand that Nicolas Anelka serves out his five-match ban for making the quenelle gesture before he can start playing for his new team, Mumbai City in India.

Anelka made the gesture, a Nazi-style salute, during a Premier League match in December 2013. He claimed at the time that it was a tribute to his friend, the antisemitic French comedian Dieudonne M'bala.

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Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo suspended for quenelle support

By Marcus Dysch, June 12, 2014

Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo will be suspended for the first two games of the Premier League season following his support for Nicolas Anelka’s infamous quenelle gesture.

Sagbo had claimed Anelka was a "legend" when he performed the antisemitic sign during a match last December.

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Nicolas Anelka sacked by West Brom

By JC Reporter, March 15, 2014

West Bromwich Albion and Nicolas Anelka have parted company, with the club sacking the player for gross misconduct.

The move came as a swift response to the player's own announcement on Twitter that he was terminating his contract.

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Full statement: The FA's decision not to appeal

By Darren Bailey, FA Director of Governance and Regulation, March 14, 2014

Nicolas Anelka’s use of the ‘quenelle’ was the first time this gesture had been seen in the English game.

It prompted significant public debate at home and abroad and, therefore, it is appropriate to share The FA’s response since 28 December, when the offence occurred, through to our decision today not to appeal the decision of the Independent Regulatory Commission.

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FA will not appeal for longer Anelka ban

By Daniel Easterman, March 13, 2014

The Football Association has decided it will not appeal against Nicolas Anelka's five-match ban for making the quenelle gesture.

An independent commission handed out the ban - the minimum available - to the player after he performed the gesture in a Premier League game.

The FA had wanted a more severe punishment but has now said it does not think an appeal would succeed.

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Analysis: Anelka has been very fortunate

By Julian Pike, March 13, 2014

Nicolas Anelka was found guilty by the Football Association regulatory commission of making an abusive, insulting and improper gesture when using the quenelle gesture in Premier League match.

This act of misconduct also amounted to an aggravated breach of FA rules because it involved a reference to ethnic origin or race.

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FA urged to appeal for longer ban on Anelka

By Daniel Easterman, March 10, 2014

Anti-racism group Kick It Out and Jewish communal organisations have urged the Football Association to appeal the five-match ban against Nicolas Anelka, calling the decision to give the player only the minimum penalty “illogical” “baffling” and “contradictory”.

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Anelka told FA commission he knew nothing of Holocaust and "Jewish stories"

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka implied that he was unaware of the Holocaust in his evidence to the Football Association’s independent commission investigating his quenelle gesture.

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FA releases full Anelka judgment

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

The Football Association's independent commission has released its written reasons explaining why it banned West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka for five matches.

The report, which runs to 35 pages, provides the witness statements from Anelka, and arguments from both his and the FA's legal teams.

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