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Albion striker Nicolas Anelka was
charged by the English Football
Association yesterday for perform-
ing a gesture considered to be anti-
Semitic while celebrating a goal.
The former France international
has until tomorrow to respond to
the charge, and is facing a minimum
five-game Premier League ban under
the FA s anti-discrimination sanc-
West Brom said Anelka is now
"considering his options," adding
that its internal inquiry will conclude
when the FA process is over.
The gesture, which is known in
France as a "quenelle" and has been
described as an "inverted Nazi
salute," involves pointing one
straightened arm downward while
touching the shoulder with the
It was popularised by a French
comedian whose performances are
considered anti-Semitic. Dieudonne
M Bala M Bala denies anti-Semitism
claims, but he has been convicted
multiple times for inciting racial
hatred or anti-Semitism over the
This month, Dieudonne agreed to
abandon a controversial show
banned in several French cities after
angering the government.
Anti-racism group Kick It Out
said the FA has "spent a longer time
than desirable" before charging Anel-
ka over the incident in the global-
ly-televised match against West Ham
on December 28.
Anelka said after the West Ham
game that the gesture was meant to
show support for Dieudonne, and it
was "anti-system" rather than anti-
While accepting that Anelka is
not anti-Semitic, Britain s Jewish
security organisation warned yes-
terday that the "quenelle" could be
directed at Jews more as a result of
its use in a match.
"Anelka has introduced a very ugly
phenomenon into British football,"
the Community Security Trust said.
The 34-year-old Anelka had
already agreed not to perform the
gesture again but has not apologised.
"Anelka made a gesture which was
abusive and/or indecent and/or
insulting and/or improper," the FA
said in a statement. "It is further
alleged that this is an aggravated
breach ... that it included a reference
to ethnic origin and/or race and/or
religion or belief."
The FA introduced a minimum
five-game ban for racism last year
in the wake of high-profile cases
that saw Liverpool striker Luis Suarez
suspended for eight games and
Chelsea captain John Terry for four.
A three-person FA independent
regulatory commission will deal with
Anelka s case, and the European Jew-
ish Congress is demanding "the
strongest punishment possible."
"The FA must send a very strong
message that offenses made against
the Jewish community should be
treated in the same away as offences
against any other minority," EJC
President Moshe Kantor said.
"Anti-Semitism is a growing phe-
nomenon in Europe, and in particular
surrounding football stadiums, and
hate against Jews, as with any other
type of hate and intolerance, should
be stamped out without demon-
strating leniency to the perpetra-
West Brom s shirt sponsor
announced it won t be renewing
their deal when it expires at the end
of this season as a result of the con-
Barcelona members to vote
on enlarging Camp Nou
Barcelona will ask its club members to vote on a plan
to remodel and enlarge the Camp Nou, making Europe's
biggest stadium even more daunting for its rivals.
Barcelona club president Sandro Rosell said the club
will hold a referendum for its members on April 5 or 6,
coinciding with a home game.
Rosell said the club has discarded the option of build-
ing a completely new stadium.
Built in 1957 and enlarged in 1982, Camp Nou holds
98,000. The plan is to increase that to 105,000.
Barcelona calculates the cost at 600 million euros
(US$812 million). Construction would last from 2017-21,
and the team would play in the stadium during con-
struction with interior work done during the offseason.
Barca president insists
Neymar cost 57m euros
Barcelona club president Sandro Rosell says he would
be "delighted" to appear before a Spanish judge consid-
ering whether or not to hear a lawsuit regarding the
transfer cost for Brazil striker Neymar.
Rosell says the cost of 57 million euros (then US$74
million) announced last June at Neymar's presentation
Club member Jordi Cases is the author of the lawsuit
that alleges the cost was higher. A judge has asked
Barcelona for Neymar's contract and other financial pa-
pers as he weighs hearing the lawsuit.
Rosell says "we respect all the contracts we sign,
that's why I would be delighted for the judge to sum-
mon me for questioning so I can explain all the ques-
tions related to the contract." (AP)
Ederson to miss rest of season
Lazio midfielder Ederson is to have surgery on de-
tached tendons in his right thigh and will miss the rest
of the season.
Ederson sustained the injury in Sunday's 3-2 win at
Udinese and club doctor Roberto Bianchini says the
Brazilian will be out for five to six months.
Ederson spent several months on the sidelines when
at French club Lyon after needing surgery for a similar
injury to his left thigh.
Bianchini says Ederson has asked to see the same
specialist who operated on him then and will return to
Lyon for treatment.
The 28-year-old Ederson has made 15 appearances
for Lazio this season, scoring once. (AP)
FA charges Anelka for
West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka controls the ball
during their English Premier League football match
against Everton at The Hawthorns, West Bromwich,
England, Monday. AP PHOTO
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