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Jewish group asks UEFA and FA to combat racism

Jewish group urges football authorities to act against anti-Semitism and racism

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...

LONDON (AP) -- European Jewish Congress President Moshe Kantor is asking football authorities to strengthen their fight against racism and anti-Semitism in the wake of Nicolas Anelka's controversial goal celebration in a Premier League match.

In a letter sent both to the English Football Association chairman Greg Dyke and UEFA president Michel Platini, Kantor wrote that his organization often receives reports of "attacks on Jews, whether verbal or physical, which also include acts of anti-Semitism at matches involving English and European football clubs."

Anelka is the subject of an investigation by the English Football Association after celebrating the first of his two goals for West Bromwich Albion against West Ham with a gesture that's known in France as a "quenelle." It involves pointing one straightened arm downward while touching the shoulder with the opposite hand and has been described as an inverted Nazi salute.


Updated : 2021-04-20 19:30 GMT+08:00