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Anelka calls on English FA to drop race charge

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2014 at 1:09 pm •  Published: January 22, 2014

LONDON (AP) — West Bromwich Albion forward Nicolas Anelka called on England's Football Association to drop his racism charge after a French Jewish leader insisted a goal-celebration gesture was not anti-Semitic.

The FA spent more than three weeks studying the case before deciding the gesture, known in France as a "quenelle" and described as an "inverted Nazi salute," was a racially aggravated breach of its rules.

The Frenchman faces a minimum five-game ban and insisted the FA wrongly interpreted the meaning of the quenelle.