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French 'quenelle' comedian banned from entering UK

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.

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."

FA appoints expert to help with Anelka inquiry

Anelka made the controversial gesture during the Baggies' 3-3 draw at West Ham in December Credit: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

The Football Association is working with an "appointed expert" as part of its ongoing investigation into Nicolas Anelka's controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration.

The gesture is regarded by some in France as being anti-Semitic.

Its creator, controversial comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, was yesterday banned from performing by a top French court.

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'Anti-Semitic' French comedian pictured outside venue

Controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has been pictured leaving the concert hall in Nantes where he was set to hold a show.

Controversial French humorist Dieudonne M'bala M'bala waves to fans at the Zenith concert hall in Nantes. Credit: REUTERS/Stephane Mahe

He was banned from performing after France's Council of State overturned a court decision that would have allowed his gig to go ahead.

The comedian is the creator of the "quenelle" hand gesture, which critics allege emulates the Nazi salute.

Council of State overturns ruling on comic's show

The French Council of State has overturned a decision to allow controversial comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala to perform tonight.

Earlier today, a court in Nantes overturned a decision to ban the performance.

Local authorities in Nantes had barred the opening date of the comedian's tour on the grounds of risk to public order.

French Council of State hopes overturn ruling on show

The French Council of State is set to meet in Paris later today to try and overturn a decision to allow controversial comic Dieudonne M'bala M'bala to perform a show.

French humorist Dieudonne M'bala M'bala Credit: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

The comedian is the creator of the "quenelle" hand gesture, which critics allege emulates the Nazi salute.

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Court overturns ban on controversial comedian's show

A ban on controversial comic Dieudonne M'bala M'bala's Thursday night show has been overturned by a court in Nantes.

French humorist Dieudonne M'bala M'bala. Credit: Reuters

The comedian is the creator of the "quenelle" hand gesture which critics allege emulates the Nazi salute.