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FA continues to investigate quenelle

The Football Association has revealed it is working with an "appointed expert" as it investigates Nicolas Anelka's controversial quenelle goal celebration.

Nicolas Anelka performs the
Nicolas Anelka performs the "quenelle" after scoring.

Anelka is at the centre of a probe into a gesture made after he scored in West Bromwich Albion's 3-3 draw at West Ham United on Dec. 28. The quenelle, made famous by French comedian Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, has caused outrage in France due to its links to anti-semitism.

The quenelle -- which translates literally as 'dumpling' in English -- is a straight-arm salute with one arm pointing downwards and the other hand across the chest. Roger Cukierman, head of the Representative Council of French Jewish Institutions (CRIF), describes it as "the Nazi salute in reverse."

A statement released by the FA on Friday evening read: "The FA can confirm that its investigation into Nicolas Anelka remains ongoing. We are working with an appointed expert regarding the salient issues related to the quenelle gesture.

"Whilst this work continues as quickly as possible, there will be no further update until Monday 20 January at the earliest. The FA will be making no further comment at this time."

The FA is not naming the expert, who was appointed by its governance division to provide detailed knowledge and opinion about the gesture.

Anelka could face a five-match ban should he be found guilty of a racial abuse under tough new rules brought in last May.

Under the strict sanctions, players found guilty of racist and homophobic abuse will receive a five-match ban for their first offence, a 10-match ban for their second offence with all guilty players needing to attend educational courses.

The new rules come after a review of sanctions following the high-profile cases which saw John Terry banned for four matches and Luis Suarez for eight games for racist abuse on the pitch.


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