Nicolas Anelka 'quenelle' disciplinary action could come later today ahead of West Brom's Premier League encounter with Everton

The FA have been criticised with their lack of urgency in making the decision but Anelka could learn of his fate on Monday

Nicolas Anelka could finally learn on Monday whether he will be charged by the Football Association over his 'quenelle' gesture.

Anelka infuriated members of the Jewish community when he performed the gesture after scoring in the Baggies' 3-3 draw at West Ham on December 28.

The quenelle - which translates literally as "dumpling" in English - is a straight-arm salute with one arm pointing downwards and the other hand across the chest.

It was brought to prominence by the French comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, who has been prosecuted for anti-Semitism, and the gesture has been described by opponents as an inverted Nazi salute.

The FA revealed last week that January 20 could be the date when any charges are announced.

Piara Powar, the executive director of the FARE (Football Against Racism in Europe) Network, is annoyed that the FA has taken so long to address the case.

"We have been disappointed to see the delay in the announcement from the FA," Powar said.

"It feels like it has taken too long really. I don't know why it has taken so long."

The FA appointed an expert to look into the gesture, which drew criticism from many within the game and beyond.

Anelka has promised not to repeat the gesture again, and he said he views the quenelle as "anti-system", rather than anything to do with religion.

Powar is unhappy that Anelka has not said sorry for his actions.

"Whatever he meant by the gesture, the apology should have been forthcoming immediately," Powar said.

"The first rule for a player who does something that causes such offence like this is that they should apologise and accept that it might have caused offence. To hide away is just the wrong approach."

Albion will hope any decision does not overshadow Pepe Mel's first game as head coach on Monday night against Everton at The Hawthorns.

Mel, a relative unknown in England, has been tasked with keeping the Baggies in the Barclays Premier League after they slid to within three points of the relegation zone.

The Champions League-chasing Toffees have lost just one of their last 14 league games.

But the former Real Betis manager has been pleased with how his new players have prepared for the match since his appointment 11 days ago.

"The players have so far shown an awful lot of desire to adapt to my style. They have been very positive," he said.

"And I've not come here to impose any kind of a Spanish model, it's more about looking to improve.

"The most important thing is the players want to do it, that they show hunger to adapt to my style.

"It's still early, but against Everton I believe the fans will see something that will be noticeable."

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