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Quenelle salute: Nicolas Anelka faces charges by Football Association

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The quenelle salute – a sign made with the arms in which one arm crosses the chest and the other stretches out forward – has gotten Nicolas Anelka in a great deal of trouble. The quenelle salute is allegedly an anti-Semetic salute, according to a Yahoo! News report on Tuesday. Anelka, 34, the West Bromwich Albion striker, could receive a long-term ban from the game after being charged in the action.

Reportedly, the quenelle salute was enacted by Anelka during West Brom’s 33-draw at West Ham United in the Premier League in December.

According to the Football Association, the athlete made a gesture that was “abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper” and incorporated “a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.”

The Football Association has given Anelka until Thursday to react to the charges stated against him. He will be given the minimum of a five-game suspension if he is found guilty, as directed by anti-discrimination measures that were put in place last May.

If Anelka contests the charge against him, an independent commission consisting of three persons will be appointed to judge the case.

According to the report, Anelka is considering his options regarding the charges he faces.

The quenelle salute – an inverted Nazi salute - has been made famous by Dieudonne M’bala M’bala who is a French comedian. Anelka insists that formed the salute as a “dedication” to the comedian. The athlete also messaged on Twitter that he was neither anti-Semite nor racist. However, he did not apologize for what he had done.