LONDON (Sporting Alert) — The FA is investigating a controversial ‘quenelle’ gesture made by Nicolas Anelka during the French striker’s two goal outing for West Brom in their Premier League clash against West Ham at Upton Park.
Anelka was criticized for apparently making an anti-Semitic gesture, used by French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, which has been described as an inverted Nazi salute.
But West Brom caretaker boss Keith Downing says the goal celebration by the experienced forward was just a tribute to a friend and nothing else.
“I’m aware of it, but it has got nothing to do what is being said,” Downing told is press conference.
“It is dedicated to a French comedian he knows very, very well. He uses it in his act and I think speculation can be stopped now. It is absolute rubbish really.
“He is totally unaware of what the problems were or the speculation that has been thrown around. He is totally surprised by it.”
West Brom played to a 3-3 draw with West Ham.