Misunderstood new neo-nazi salute?
I think not.
Anelka argued in his tweets that the gesture – in which he thrust his straightened right arm downwards while tapping his bicep with the other hand – was merely “anti-establishment”.
‘I am not anti-Semitic or racist’, insists Anelka
Published: 30 Dec 2013 09:12 GMT+01:00
Former France international footballer Nicolas Anelka rubbished accusations on Sunday that a controversial ‘Nazi-style’ gesture he made after scoring a goal was ‘anti-Semitic or racist’. Anelka faces a possible ban for making the salute.
French footballer Nicolas Anelka on Sunday strongly defended a controversial gesture he made during a weekend match, saying “I am neither anti-Semite nor racist”, even as British football authorities mulled possible punishment.
The 34-year-old West Bromwich Albion striker and former member of France’s national team issued a series of tweets rejecting claims that the gesture he made Saturday was anti-Semitic or a thinly veiled Nazi-like salute, as many have interpreted.
His response came amid growing outrage online and internationally, and a risk that he could face match suspensions if England’s Football Association finds his act racially offensive.