West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka is under investigation by the English FA for his controversial celebration against West Ham United at Upton Park on Saturday. The Frenchman used a gesture called the quenelle, which is described by some as being a 'reverse Nazi salute,' after scoring the first of his two goals in the 3-3 draw.
After the game, the 34-year-old insisted that the gesture was done in “special dedication to my comedian friend Dieudonné.” According to the Guardian, the comedian, who uses the salute during his performances, is known to be anti-Semitic. If found guilty, Anelka could be banned for up to five games under the FA’s anti-discriminatory rules.
Meanwhile, Hammers boss Sam Allardyce knows that he could be fired after the home draw left his team in 19th-place heading into the New Year. "What will be, will be," Allardyce said when told he is now the bookmaker’s favorite to be the next Premier League manager to lose his job. "In my defense, we've had six or seven players out injured for weeks. If I had them all playing we'd probably be around 10th."