Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Anelka agrees not to perform "Nazi salute" again

    Nicolas Anelka
    Nicolas Anelka

    Footballer Nicolas Anelka has promised he will not use the “quenelle” gesture in future.

    The West Bromwich Albion player sparked controversy after performing the gesture, which has been described as a "reverse Nazi salute", as part of a goal celebration.

    He claimed he acted in support of his friend, the controversial French anti-Israel comedian, Dieudonne M’bala M’bala. The quenelle is strongly associated with Mr M'bala and has even trademarked by him as part of his comedy acts.

    But, following widespread criticism, and the launch of a Football Association investigation, West Bromwich Albion have acknowledged that the gesture caused offence, and that Anelka has agreed to a request not to display it again.

    According to a club statement: “Upon reporting for training on Monday morning, Nicolas was asked by sporting director Richard Garlick to give a full explanation about his goal celebration, during which he again strongly denied intending to cause offence.

    "The club fully acknowledges that Nicolas' goal celebration has caused offence in some quarters and has asked Nicolas not to perform the gesture again. Nicolas immediately agreed to adhere to this request."

    Until now the quenelle, which literally means a type of fish or meat dumpling in French, was virtually unknown in the UK. However, according to French football journalist, Phillipe Auclair, it is the subject of “fierce controversy” in France , with French Jews in particular regarding its use as a sign of increasing antisemitism in the country.

Uk News

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson

Lee Harpin and Marcus Dysch

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson
World

Jewish groups angered at Trump HMD message

Daniel Sugarman

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Jewish groups angered at Trump HMD message
Education features

Allegations of anti-Semitism Oxford University Labour Club

Baroness Jan Royall

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Allegations of anti-Semitism Oxford University Labour Club
Uk News

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'

Marcus Dysch

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'
Uk News

UCL publishes investigation into UCLU event

Daniel Sugarman

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

UCL publishes investigation into UCLU event
Uk News

Anti-Israel conference faces delay

Lee Harpin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Israel conference faces delay
Uk News

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees
Leaders

The JC leader: On Corbyn, and on Arkush

The JC Leader

Friday, January 20, 2017

The JC leader: On Corbyn, and on Arkush
Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid