Antisemitism

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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Driver uses loud hailer to shout racist abuse

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 13, 2014

Police are investigating reports that a man drove around Manchester hurling antisemitic abuse through a megaphone.

The incident occurred outside Jewish shops and synagogues in King’s Road in Prestwich. Dozens of people witnessed a man driving a silver Ford Fiesta car and holding a megaphone.

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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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Labour's Yvette Cooper warns Facebook over antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2014

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper has challenged Facebook to do more to tackle antisemitism on the site.

The Labour politician’s comments came after more than 20,000 people signed a petition calling on the company, and its Jewish founder Mark Zuckerberg, to stop “supporting the spread of antisemitism”.

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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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Historian’s distress over shelved book

By Sandy Rashty, March 6, 2014

An award-winning expert on antisemitism this week condemned a publisher’s “deplorable” decision not to release his book in the UK in the face of a threat of libel action from Holocaust denier David Irving.

Professor Robert Wistrich, of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, revealed his frustration during a debate at the London Jewish Cultural Centre on Monday.

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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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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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