'Quenelle' gesture: Yannick Sagbo and Benoit Assou-Ekotto charged with improper conduct for social media posts relating to Nicolas Anelka incident
Samir Nasri and Mamadou Sakho have also been warned after the former West Brom striker made the gesture while celebrating a goal
Tuesday 01 April 2014
The Football Association have charged Hull striker Yannick Sagbo and QPR loanee Benoit Assou-Ekotto with improper conduct for social media posts relating to the 'quenelle' gesture, while Samir Nasri and Mamadou Sakho have been wrapped on the knuckles.
The salute came to the fore when West Brom forward Nicolas Anelka made the arm gesture when celebrating a goal against West Ham on December 28.
An independent regulatory commission last month handed down a five-match ban to the former France international after finding it "did contain a reference to anti-Semitism" in that it is strongly associated with his friend, the French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, who has been convicted seven times of anti-Semitic crimes.
West Brom sacked Anelka for "gross misconduct" on March 14 - just hours after he took to Twitter claiming he had decided to terminate his contract - once it was confirmed neither he nor the FA would contest the ban.
The governing body had argued for a more severe sanction and have now confirmed action against four further players after social media posts relating to the quenelle gesture.
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