Anelka leaves West Brom following quenelle ban

Former France striker Nicolas Anelka leaves West Brom with immediate effect

Anelka leaves West Brom following quenelle ban

WEST BROMWICH, England (AP) -- Striker Nicolas Anelka says he is leaving Premier League club West Bromwich Albion with immediate effect after being suspended for five matches for a racially aggravated goal celebration.

Anelka was suspended for performing a gesture which is known in France as a "quenelle" and regarded as anti-Semitic.

Anelka said on his Twitter account on Friday that he decided to leave the club after being offered "to rejoin the group under certain conditions I can't accept."

Anelka performed the quenelle as he celebrated scoring in West Brom's 3-3 draw with West Ham.

The gesture involves pointing one straightened arm downward while touching the shoulder with the opposite hand. It was popularized by French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, who has been convicted for inciting racial hatred and anti-Semitism.

Updated : 2021-03-06 23:36 GMT+08:00