Anelka Ban: Anti-Semitism Paranoia and Prejudice

The probable FA decision to reprimand West Bromich Albion footballer Nicolas Anelka for five matches due his so-called “Anti-Semitic gesture” after scoring against West Ham Unite on 28 December 2013 is another example how the Jewish race is over-bearingly paranoia and prejudice against gentiles.

BBC story:

Nicolas Anelka: FA charges West Brom striker over gesture

West Brom’s Nicolas Anelka faces a minimum five-match ban if found guilty by the Football Association of making the controversial “quenelle” gesture.

The striker made the sign, described as an inverted Nazi salute, after scoring against West Ham on 28 December.

Anelka was given a 34-page document detailing the allegations and has until 18:00 GMT on Thursday to respond.

West Brom sponsor Zoopla will end its agreement with the club at the end of the season because of the incident.

The former France international used the “quenelle” the day after the French government announced it was trying to ban the shows of controversial comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala’s, who is a friend of Anelka’s and uses the gesture as a trademark.

France’s Sport Minster Valerie Fourneyron accused Anelka of a “shocking and disgusting” act, saying “there was no place for anti-Semitism on the football field.”

What is a quenelle gesture?

  • It is a hand gesture devised by French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, who says it’s an anti-establishment symbol
  • However, many view it as an anti-Semitic gesture, reminiscent of the Nazi salute
  • People have been photographed making the sign at synagogues and Holocaust sites

In a statement, the FA said it had charged the 34-year-old, who started Monday’s draw with Everton, with making a gesture that was “abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper”.

It added it was “an aggravated breach in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief”.

The minimum suspension for the offence is five games, but the FA, who appointed an expert to help with its investigation, can increase that if they see fit.

“The player is now considering his options,”West Brom said in a statement. 

“Under FA rules, Anelka remains available for first-team selection until the disciplinary process has reached its conclusion. Following this, the club will conclude its own internal enquiry.”

Anti-discrimination group Kick It Out also issued a statement, expressing frustration over the length of time it has taken the FA to act.

“Any behaviour on or off the pitch with racist connotations should be addressed with zero tolerance”

The Board of Deputies of British Jews

It claimed the governing body had “spent a longer time than desirable”, adding that it hoped “this matter can now be quickly concluded”.

Jewish groups had complained to France president Francois Hollande, describing the gesture as a “Nazi salute in reverse”. They linked it to increasing anti-Semitic remarks and acts in the country.

Comedian Dieudonne has threatened to sue the groups for calling it a Nazi salute and says it stands for his anti-Zionist and anti-establishment views, rather than anti-Semitism.

However, a leading Jewish organisation, The Board of Deputies of British Jews,  issued its own statement backing the FA.

“We support the FA in treating this incident seriously and we look to them to follow through with equal determination,” it read.

“The board believes that any behaviour on or off the pitch with racist connotations should be addressed with zero tolerance and should be kicked out by the football authorities.”

Alan Cleverley, secretary of the West Bromwich Albion Official Supporters’ Club, said if Anelka is found guilty by the FA, he “deserves everything he gets”.

He added: “You can’t go on doing that. It sounds as if he did it on purpose because he knew the match was being shown live in France. So if the book gets thrown at him, I’ve got no sympathy whatsoever for him.”

Anelka leaves the West Brom training ground on TuesdayAnelka leaves the West Brom training ground on Tuesday

Anelka, who made the gesture after scoring in the 3-3 draw at Upton Park, has promised not to repeat the sign, which he said was made in support of Dieudonne.

If Anelka is found guilty and suspended, it would reduce the number of attacking options for new Baggies head coach Pepe Mel, who has already seen Shane Long move to Hull City in a £7m deal.


French national team footballer Anelka is a French citizen and a Muslim convert, who takes on the Abdul Salam Bilal.

The agenda of media in the West to sought the sentiments of British Jews to commen on Anelka’s  “Quenella” gesture without giving the same opportunity for British and French Muslims to express themselves is another good instance of the International Jewish paranoia and prejudice.

If the English FA makes a decision to reprimand Anelka, proves the point that the football organisation is pro-Jewish and prejudice against Non-Jews, whenever there is a doubt in determining what is “Anti Semitic” or otherwise.

British property online search engine Zoopla severed their sponsorship for this:

Nicolas Anelka: West Brom sponsor Zoopla to end deal

West Brom sponsor Zoopla have decided to end their sponsorship of the club at the end of the season because of Nicolas Anelka’s “quenelle” gesture.

Anelka, 34, made the sign, described as an inverted Nazi salute and declared by some to be anti-Semitic, after scoring against West Ham on 28 December, 2013.

Zoopla, co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterman, will focus on other marketing activities.

The incident is being investigated by the Football Association.


David OrnsteinBBC Sport

“After Anelka’s celebration there was uproar in France in some sections of society and that spread to the UK. He immediately said he meant no offence by it and West Brom said they would take no action until the FA have investigated. Zoopla co-owner Alex Chesterman is Jewish and will have played a key role in the decision.”

West Brom asked Anelka not to repeat the celebration and have since selected the Frenchman on three occasions.

The former Arsenal striker defended his actions in the days following the incident, but, with the FA verdict due any day, the club’s sponsor made its stance clear.

In a statement, the property company said: “Zoopla has been reviewing its position over the past few weeks in light of the actions of striker Nicolas Anelka during the match against West Ham over the Christmas period.”

The agreement, which started in May 2012, was due to finish at the end of the season and Zoopla has decided not to renew.

West Brom say they were “aware the deal could expire” and have been “planning accordingly”.

Baggies head coach Pepe Mel said he had no issues when selecting Anelka for Monday’s 1-1 draw against West Brom.

“Nicolas is a very good player and a very good professional and I am only the head coach,” said Mel.

“If he is suspended by the FA, then he is not able to play, but here at the club we must think about winning football matches and he was available.

“My obligation is just to think about the football and the best interests of West Bromwich Albion.”

Play media

Anelka meant no offence – Downing

The FA has brought in an expert to help determine whether the gesture, which Anelka made after scoring in a 3-3 draw at Upton Park, was used in an offensive manner.

In the meantime, West Brom have refrained from punishing Anelka.

Lord Ouseley, chairman of anti-racism campaign group Kick It Out,  told BBC Radio 5 Live some clubs are guilty of “hiding behind the FA”.

He added: “I think the situation has always been from day one that we have clubs who will not take responsibility.

“This has caused a lot of offence to a lot of people. We know that from the complaints we are getting.

“As an employer, you have a responsibility to your fans and have to carry that responsibility out by making sure your players’ conduct does not offend. If this happened in any other arena, your employer would be disciplining you.”

“The meaning of quenelle is anti-system… I do not know what religion has to do with this story”

Nicolas Anelka

Anelka said he made the gesture in support of performer Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, whom the French government has tried to ban from making the sign at his shows.

The former Real Madrid player’s actions were branded “disgusting” by France’s sports minister.

“Of course, I am neither racist nor anti-Semitic and I fully assume my gesture,” Anelka tweeted the day after the controversial celebration.

“The meaning of quenelle is anti-system. I do not know what religion has to do with this story.

“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. I ask people not to be duped by the media.”


This over-bearing decision to punish WBA as a football club by Neo Con Jewish owners of Zoopla Alex Chesterman and simon Kain is an extension to the prejudice by British Jews whenever the opportunity arises.

These same media failed to highlight the voracious anti-Muslim attacks by organisations such Jewish Defence League UK.

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