West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka denies FA charge

Anelka denies FA charge
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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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