West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka denies FA charge

Anelka denies FA charge
West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka formally denies the charge brought against him by the English FA and requests a "personal hearing".

The English FA has confirmed that West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka has denied a misconduct charge brought against him.

The Frenchman's controversial 'quenelle' gesture made during goal celebration against West Ham United at Upton Park last month is alleged to have anti-semitic connotations.

"Nicolas Anelka has today (Thursday) replied to a charge in relation to an incident that occurred during the West Ham United versus West Bromwich Albion fixture at the Boleyn Ground on December 28, 2013," read a statement on the FA's official website.

"Anelka, the West Bromwich Albion player, has denied the charge and requested a personal hearing."

Anelka has denied that his gesture was anti-semitic in nature, claiming that he made the salute in support of his friend and French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala.

Nicolas Anelka celebrates scoring West Bromwich Albion's second goal with a 'quenelle' gesture on December 28, 2013
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