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FA could probe Anelka gesture

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka could face a Football Association charge for his controversial goal celebration during Saturday's 3-3 draw with West Ham, despite manager Keith Downing pleading the player's innocence.

The 34-year-old Frenchman scored his first Baggies goals with a brace at Upton Park after being recalled to the starting line-up for the first time in over two months.

But during his celebration for his first strike, which levelled the game following Joe Cole's effort for West Ham, Anelka seemingly performed the 'quenelle' salute made famous by French comedian Dieudonne.

The gesture has been linked to anti-Semitism in his homeland.

QPR rejected in bid for Odemwingie

Peter Odemwingie (right) has submitted a transfer request to leave West Brom. Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

Queens Park Rangers have had a second bid for striker Peter Odemwingie turned down by his club West Brom. Rangers made a £2m bid at the start of the January and Odemwingie handed in a transfer request at the Midlands club. However, West Brom have said they will not sell one of their "core players".

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