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SBD Global/December 31, 2013/International Football
West Brom Striker Anelka Available To Play While FA Probes Alleged Racist Salute
Published December 31, 2013
OTHERS INVOLVED? The London TELEGRAPH reported photographs have emerged of Man City midfielder Samir Nasri and Liverpool defender Mamadou Sakho "performing the same controversial" quenelle gesture used by Anelka during a goal celebration on Saturday. The gesture can be interpreted as anti-Semitic, but Anelka insisted that "it was merely a tribute to his friend," Dieudonné, that had been misinterpreted. Anelka said, "(The) meaning of quenelle: anti-system. I do not know what the word 'religion' has to do with this story! This is a dedication to Dieudonné. With regard to the ministers who give their own interpretations of my quenelle, they are the ones that create confusion and controversy without knowing what it really means, this gesture. I ask people not to be duped by the media. And of course, I am neither racist nor anti-Semitic and I fully assume (stand by) my gesture" (TELEGRAPH, 12/30).