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West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has until 6pm tonight (23 January) to respond to an FA charge following his controversial "quenelle" gesture during a Premier League match against West Ham.
The FA has charged Anelka with making a gesture that was "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper."
The minimum suspension for the charge is five matches but the FA can increase it if they see fit.
West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka has called on the Football Association to lift its "quenelle" gesture charge.
In a statement on his Facebook page, Anelka repeated that he was "not anti-Semitic or a racist."
He also called on the FA to hire an expert who "is French [or is] living in France" and "may have an accurate knowledge of my actions" to help English football's governing body in deciding whether his gesture was anti-Semitic.
I am very happy to be Head Coach at West Brom. The fans were very kind to me last night and I thank them very much for their songs.
Everton have distanced themselves from on-loan striker Romelu Lukaku's defence of Nicolas Anelka and his use of the controversial 'quenelle' gesture.
The Belgium forward featured in a video interview posted on the Toffees' website in which he said there did not have to be "such a big deal" made about the West Brom player's actions. Anelka has since been charged over the gesture by the Football Association.
However, with comment growing on social media, Everton removed the footage when they became aware there was an issue.
"It is the player's opinion and not the opinion held by the football club," Everton's director of communications Alan Myers told Press Association Sport.
"We moved quickly to remove any interview that may have been offensive to anyone.
"The last thing we want to do is cause offence to anyone."
Press Association Sport reports that Everton's website is managed in collaboration with external partners, the interview, which took place after Everton's 1-1 draw at West Brom was conducted by another media organisation and uploaded without anyone at the club being fully aware of its content.
Nicolas Anelka's controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration isn't the first time the French footballer has hit the headlines.
Throughout a career spanning 15 years, there have been managerial spats, transfer tribulations and international incidents, earning the striker the nickname 'Le Sulk'.
Here Chris Halpin takes a look back at some of the Frenchman's footballing fallouts.
West Bromwich Albion FC have released a statement concerning Nicolas Anelka, after the striker was charged with making an improper gesture in last years fixture with West Ham United.
The statement reads:
"West Bromwich Albion has noted The FA’s charge against Nicolas Anelka regarding the gesture he made after scoring his first goal against West Ham United on December 28.
Anelka has received a 34-page document explaining the allegations against him and informing him that he has until 6pm on Thursday to respond. The player is now considering his options.
Under FA rules, Anelka remains available for first-team selection until The FA’s disciplinary process has reached its conclusion. Following this, the Club will conclude its own internal enquiry.
Nicolas Anelka faces the prospect of a minimum five-match ban after being charged by the Football Association over his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration.
West Brom's French striker has until Thursday to respond to the charge for the gesture, which some say is an inverted Nazi salute and has anti-Semitic connotations.
Anelka has been charged with making a improper gesture and that it was an aggravated breach, in that it included "a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief."Under new FA rules, such aggravated offences carry a minimum five-match ban and possibly a longer suspension.
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The FA has said it has charged Nicolas Anelka over a controversial gesture during the West Ham United versus West Bromwich match in December.
The FA said it is alleged that, in the 40th minute of the fixture, Anelka made a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper.
It is further alleged that this is an aggravated breach, in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.
West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka has been charged following an incident in their game with West Ham Utd: http://t.co/wju3hdM8oc
Anelka has until 6pm on 23 January 2014 to respond to the charge.
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Nicholas Anelka started West Brom's 1-1 draw with Everton last night, following the news that club sponsor 'Zoopla' will be ending their deal with the club in light of the Frenchman's controversial goal celebration last month.
Anelka didn't seem to be phased by the intense debate surrounding his 'quenelle' gesture and started the game brightly, producing an energetic performance.
He was substituted shortly after West Brom's equaliser and could find out later today if he is to receive any punishment for his gesture, with the FA expected to make an announcement.
A Diego Lugano header was enough to secure a point for the Baggies, in Pepe Mel's first game in charge.
The Uruguayan's 75th minute goal was his first for the cub - cancelling out Kevin Mirallas' first-half strike - and was probably what his side deserved, in an encounter with few clear-cut chances.