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Anelka to refrain from using controversial gesture

Nicolas Anelka agrees not to use controversial goal celebration after outcry in France

West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka, second right, celebrates his first goal against West Ham United with teammates during their English Premier Lea...
West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka, right, gestures as he celebrates his goal against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer ma...

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West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka, second right, celebrates his first goal against West Ham United with teammates during their English Premier Lea...

Britain Soccer Premier League

West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka, right, gestures as he celebrates his goal against West Ham United during their English Premier League soccer ma...

WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) -- West Bromwich Albion says Nicolas Anelka has agreed to stop performing a controversial goal celebration that has anti-Semitic connotations and caused an outcry in his native France.

The former France striker is the subject of an investigation by the English Football Association after celebrating the first of his two goals against West Ham in the Premier League on Saturday with a gesture that is known in France as a "quenelle." It is described by critics as an inverted Nazi salute.

West Brom says in a statement Monday the club "fully acknowledges that Nicolas' goal celebration has caused offense in some quarters and has asked Nicolas not to perform the gesture again. Nicolas immediately agreed to adhere to this request."

Anelka remains available for selection by West Brom.