Nicolas Anelka tries to explain the alleged anti-semitic gesture; French sports minister slams him [Tweets]
Earlier, we were the first English site to report on Nicolas Anelka’s alleged anti-semitic celebration.
The gesture, known as ‘la quenelle’, was produced by the West Brom striker as a celebration of his first goal at West Ham.
It has whipped up a media frenzy in England, with the gesture used offensively in France as a ‘Nazi salute in reverse’.
Nicolas Anelka took to Twitter to defend his actions claiming it was simply a special dedication to his comedian friend Dieudonné.
Dieudonné is the man who popularised the gesture, in trouble in France for his anti-semitic and generally racist jokes.
The French minister for Sport was not impressed by the actions of the 34 year old forward.
How will the FA respond?
This gesture was just a special dedication to my comedian friend Dieudonné
— nicolas anelka (@anelkaofficiel) December 28, 2013
On Anelka's "celebration" – French minister for sport Valerie Fourneyron's condemned the gesture, describing it as "shocking" & "disgusting"
— Ian Abrahams (@BroadcastMoose) December 28, 2013
French Sports Minister: "Anelka's gesture is a shocking provocation, disgusting. There's no place for antisemitism on the football field."
— Si (@PhantomGoal) December 28, 2013
Anelka's defence appears to be: I'm not racist; I'm just dedicating my goal to a very good friend who is. Yeh good luck with that one, Nic.
— Dan Levene (@BluesChronicle) December 28, 2013