Anelka's damaging lack of judgement

West Bromwich's Nicolas Anelka has shown a damaging lack of judgement by using the "quenelle" gesture and could face an eight-match ban.

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West Brom suspends Nicolas Anelka following FA ban

Nicolas Anelka used the gesture during a 3-3 draw with West Ham
Nicolas Anelka used the gesture during a 3-3 draw with West Ham Credit: PA Wire

West Bromwich Albion say they have suspended Nicolas Anelka following the FA's decision to ban him for five matches and fine him £80,000 for the use of the controversial 'quenelle' gesture.

In a statement, the club said:

"WBA treats very seriously any allegation which includes any reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion and/or belief. Upon both charges being proven the Club has suspended Nicolas Anelka pending the conclusion of the FA’s disciplinary process and the Club’s own internal investigation.

"The Club acknowledges that the FA panel ‘did not find that Nicolas Anelka is an anti-Semite or that he intended to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle’. However, the Club cannot ignore the offence that his actions have caused, particularly to the Jewish community."

Anelka still has the right to appeal the decision.

"A welcome outcome": Anelka's match ban and fine

Vivian Wineman, the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, describes this as "highly offensive to Jews and right-minded members of the public."

Simon Johnson, a former FA executive who is now chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, added:

The conviction of Nicolas Anelka is a welcome outcome. It demonstrates that the FA's processes are robust enough to deal with the most pernicious of racism cases.

– Simon Johnson, Jewish Leadership Council

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WBA Supporters' Club reaction to Anelka fine and ban

Alan Cleverley Credit: ITV News Central

The West Bromwich Albion Supporters' Club Chairman Alan Cleverley has reacted to the news of Anelka's fine and five match ban.

He's said if he's been found guilty then he deserves the punishment he's got, as he must have understood what the gesture meant.

Mr Cleverley said because his performances haven't been that good, apart from the West Ham game, his impact has been very little and so they wouldn't miss him if he did go.

Nicolas Anelka banned for five matches and fined for 'quenelle' celebration

Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for this gesture
Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for this gesture Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for his 'quenelle' celebration.

The French striker made the gesture during West Brom's 3-3 Premier League draw with West Ham on 28 December 2013.

He will also be ordered to complete a compulsory education course, the Football Association said.

Anelka has the right to appeal the decision but must notify The FA within seven days of receipt of their written reasons for the decision.

What is the Quenelle gesture?

Albion's coaching staff and players all working towards the "common goal" of staying in the Premier League

Following widespread media speculation over the past two days, West Bromwich Albion's sporting and technical director Richard Garlick has issued the following statement:

“At present, we are going through a period of transition, which is natural following the appointment of a new Head Coach.

“There is also a lot of frustration at our league position and run of form. I would be more concerned if there wasn’t.

“Various meetings have been held within the football department over the past few days to discuss our current situation and what needs to be done to improve results in our final 11 games.

– Richard Garlick, Sporting and technical director

“The discussions have proved constructive. There has been a lot of soul searching and it is clear everyone has a real hunger and desire to keep the Club in the Premier League.

“Pepe, the coaching staff and players will now do everything in their power to achieve this common goal.”

– Richard Garlick, Sporting and technical director

Anelka hearing into 'quenelle' gesture charge to start

Nicolas Anelka's disciplinary hearing into his 'quenelle' salute will begin today.

A three-man independent regulatory commission will hear the case which is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

Nicolas Anelka faces the prospect of a minimum five-match ban. Credit: PA Wire

The 34-year-old striker was charged by the Football Association after performing the gesture during West Brom's match against West Ham on December 28, but he has consistently denied suggestions the salute was anti-Semitic and requested a personal hearing.

The French striker faces a minimum five-match ban under the FA's new anti-discrimination rules if found guilty.

Read: Nicolas Anelka asks FA to lift 'quenelle' charge

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Markus Rosenberg: Former West Brom player leaves entire contents of Midlands home to charity

Markus Rosenberg failed to score during his time at West Brom
Markus Rosenberg failed to score during his time at West Brom Credit: PA

Former West Brom striker Markus Rosenberg has left the entire contents of his Solihull home to charity.

The Swedish player had his contract cancelled by mutual consent at the start of February.

Before leaving, he donated everything inside his house to the Sue Ryder care centre.

It took six hours for the charity to clear his furniture, kitchen plates, cutlery and utensils.

The organisation is expected to raise several thousand pounds from the items.

Karen Rogers, Sue Ryder's regional retail manager said:

"Support like this is amazing, and helps Sue Ryder provide incredible care to over 16,000 people living with life-changing illness across the UK.

"Just one bag of unwanted clothes could help us provide four hours of incredible hospice and neurological care to people with life-changing illness across the UK.

"With help like this we can continue to support people with the care they need and deserve, so thank you to Markus for supporting us."

Rosenberg was less generous with his goals for the Baggies, failing to score in his 33 appearances.

West Brom hold leaders Chelsea after last-minute goal

West Brom striker Victor Anichebe celebrates his late equaliser
West Brom striker Victor Anichebe celebrates his late equaliser Credit: PA Wire

Victor Anichebe grabbed a late equaliser for West Brom on a night when Jose Mourinho's Chelsea barely looked like potential Premier League champions.

Chelsea were poised to move four points clear at the top of the table on the back of defender Branislav Ivanovic's injury-time strike in the first half at The Hawthorns.

But substitute Anichebe flicked home his third goal of the season in the 87th minute to make it 1-1 and thwart the Blues, who had lost on their last two visits to this part of the West Midlands.

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French 'quenelle' comedian banned from entering UK

Dieudonne M'bala M'bala pictured in 2009.
Dieudonne M'bala M'bala pictured in 2009. Credit: Reuters

A controversial French comedian at the centre of the Nicolas Anelka anti-semitism row has been banned from entering the UK, the Home Office said.

Dieudonne M'bala M'bala previously announced he would visit London to support the West Bromwich Albion footballer, who faces a ban for performing the comic's "quenelle" salute on the pitch, which is believed by some to be an anti-semitic gesture.

Read more: 'La Quenelle': Controversial gesture explained

A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that Mr Dieudonne is subject to an exclusion order. The Home Secretary will seek to exclude an individual from the UK if she considers that there are public policy or public security reasons to do so."

Anelka ruled out of West Brom's clash with Liverpool

Anelka will not feature against Liverpool on Sunday Credit: PA

West Brom will be without striker Nicolas Anelka when they face his former club Liverpool on Sunday.

The French veteran has had around seven stitches in a knee injury suffered in Wednesday's derby defeat by Aston Villa and will consequently miss the visit of the Reds.

Read more on the ITV Sport website.

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