Anelka faces 'race-hate' probe

December 29, 2013 1:53 AM

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Anelka faces 'race-hate' probe

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Dieudonne - real name M'Bala M'Bala - is French comedian who has popularised usage of the gesture in his acts and on the internet. He is a highly controversial figure due to his extreme views, but he has insisted that his trademark salute is not performed to insult Jewish people.

The incident has provoked a furious reaction in France with minister for sport Valerie Fourneyron tweeting: "Anelka's gesture is a shocking provocation, disgusting. There's no place for antisemitism and incitement to hatred on the football field." WBA boss Keith Downing insisted the significance of Anelka's actions was being blown far out of proportion.

"I'm aware of it but it has got nothing to do what is being said," he told reporters after the match. "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 [Anelka] is totally unaware of what the problems were or the speculation that has been thrown around, he is totally surprised by it."

minister for sport Valerie Fourneyron tweeting: "Anelka's gesture is a shocking provocation, disgusting. There's no place for antisemitism and incitement to hatred on the football field."

"I'm aware of it but it has got nothing to do what is being said," he told reporters after the match. "

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 [Anelka] is totally unaware of what the problems were or the speculation that has been thrown around, he is totally surprised by it."

Source: goal.com

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