Anelka

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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The FA needs educating over Anelka

By Jeremy Brier, March 6, 2014

Who knew? Nicholas Anelka — the Premier League star once known for his offensive football but now known for his offensive hand gestures — is neither an antisemite nor guilty of “intentionally expressing or promoting antisemitsm”.

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FA must demand tougher punishment for Anelka

March 6, 2014

As we go to press, the FA has yet to reveal whether it will appeal against its own tribunal’s decision that Nicholas Anelka should serve a 5 match ban for his quenelle salute. There is no doubt that it should.

The sentence — the minimum possible for the offence — sends a clear message that in football antisemitic abuse does not count as ‘proper’ racism.

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Anelka expected to accept five game quenelle ban

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

West Bromwich Albion player Nicolas Anelka will accept the five game ban
handed down to him by the Football Association's independent
disciplinary commission for his antisemitic quenelle gesture, according
to reports.

The Telegraph claimed Anelka and his lawyers had decided to accept the
verdict after receiving the commission's written reasons, which have yet
to be made public.

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Hidden cameras show repeated racist abuse

By Daniel Easterman, March 6, 2014

The Community Security Trust has condemned the “totally unacceptable level of antisemitic abuse” revealed by a Channel Four documentary into racism and homophobia in professional football this week.

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Anelka suspended by West Bromwich Albion after FA ban

By Daniel Easterman, February 28, 2014

West Bromwich Albion have suspended footballer Nicolas Anelka following the five match ban handed down by the Football Association for his use of the quenelle gesture.

The club said it would not select the player until the FA disciplinary process is completed and the club has concluded its own internal inquiry

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Nicolas Anelka banned and fined by FA for quenelle gesture

By Daniel Easterman and Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka has been banned by the Football Association for five matches and fined £80,000 for performing an antisemitic quenelle gesture.

The FA said it did not believe the French footballer was antisemitic or had intended to promote antisemitism.

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Barrister who represented Michael Jackson and Simon Cowell is defending Anelka

By Daniel Easterman, February 25, 2014

A barrister who has represented Michael Jackson and Simon Cowell is defending Nicolas Anelka at the Football Association disciplinary hearing over his quenelle gesture.

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FA Anelka hearing underway

By Daniel Easterman, February 24, 2014

The Football Association's long-awaited hearing into Nicholas Anelka's quenelle gesture is nearing the end of its first week.

The West Bromwich Albion player performed the quenelle, a form of Nazi salute, during a Premier League match last December.

The FA charged the player with making a gesture that was “abusive/ and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.

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A good result on Anelka and Dieudonne

February 6, 2014

Much can change in a month. Last month, the JC highlighted the inaction of the FA, of Kick It Out and of West Bromwich Albion in reaction to Nicolas Anelka’s quenelle salute. From the FA there was only obfuscation. From Kick It Out there was — bizarrely — a threat of legal action against the JC for daring to criticise its refusal to utter a word of condemnation.

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