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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Everton's Lukaku backs Anelka over 'quenelle' gesture

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.

Romelu Lukaku gave his opinion of Anelka's actions after Monday night's game. Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

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.

Read more: Anelka 'considering options' after FA 'quenelle' charge

Video timeline of Nicolas Anelka's footballing fallouts

by Chris Halpin

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.


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West Brom release statement concerning Anelka charge

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.

West Bromwich Albion say striker Nicolas Anelka is 'considering his options'... Credit: David Davies/PA Archive/Press Association Images

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.

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Anelka could face at least five match ban

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

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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FA charge Nicolas Anelka over controversial gesture

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.

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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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Anelka helps to earn point following Zoopla withdrawal

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.

Nicholas Anelka in action for west Brom... Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

Diego Lugano tussle's with Everton's Kevin Mirallas last night... Credit: David Davies/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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.

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West Brom fans: Zoopla 'should have waited for FA investigation'

West Bromwich Albion fans say Zoopla should have waited for the FA to complete their investigation into Nicolas Anelka's "quenelle" salute before making a decision over their sponsorship future.

Fans, who were outside the Hawthorns ahead of their match against Everton, say the FA should have been quicker to announce whether they will charge the French striker.

The gesture was made during WBA's match with West Ham on 28 December.

Read: what exactly is the "quenelle?"

Read: West Brom confirms it will look for a new sponsor at the end of the season

West Brom confirm it will look for a new sponsor next season

Nicolas Anelka will find out if he will be charged by the FA for the gesture as early as tomorrow
Nicolas Anelka will find out if he will be charged by the FA for the gesture as early as tomorrow Credit: PA Wire

West Brom have confirmed it is now seeking a new official sponsor for next season following Zoopla's decision to not renew their deal at the end of the season.

The online property firm, which is part-owned by the Daily Mail and General Trust and a Jewish businessman, announced it would end the partnership after Nicolas Anelka's controversial "quenelle" gesture.

The club issued the following statement:

"West Bromwich Albion has been fully aware since the sponsorship agreement came into force in June 2012 that its partnership with Zoopla could expire this summer and therefore has been planning accordingly.

"Zoopla has today informed the Club in writing that it does not wish to extend its sponsorship deal. The Club will now actively seek a new Official Sponsor for next season."

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