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Downing not expecting Anelka punishment

28 December 2013 17:46

Keith Downing is not expecting West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka to be punished for his goal celebration during the 3-3 draw with West Ham.

Anelka scored twice as West Brom came from behind on two occasions to earn a point at Upton Park on Saturday, but caused a stir after the former Arsenal, Real Madrid and Manchester City forward followed his first of the game with a gesture known in France as the 'quenelle'.

The gesture, made famous by comedian Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala, is said to have anti-Semitic connotations and has been described as a 'Nazi salute in reverse'. Dieudonne, though, has insisted that it is anti-Zionist.

And interim West Brom head coach Downing was quick to defend the 34-year-old Anelka.

"No, not at all," Downing responded when asked if he is expecting disciplinary action to be taken against Anelka.

"It was dedicated to a friend of his who is a comedian in France. He's totally unaware of what the problems were or the speculation thrown around.

"He's absolutely totally surprised by it.

"It's a gesture he uses in his act and the speculation, we can stop that now, I think it's absolutely rubbish really."

However, French minister of sports, youth, popular education and community life Valerie Fourneyron took to her Twitter profile to criticise her compatriot.

"The gesture Anelka is a shocking provocation, disgusting. No place for anti-Semitism and incitement to hatred on football field," she wrote.

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Competition
Premier League
Date
28 December 2013
Game week
19
Kick-off
13:45
Half-time
1 - 2
Full-time
3 - 3
Venue
Boleyn Ground (London)
Attendance
34946

Goals

J. Cole 4'
(assist by K. Nolan) 
1 - 0
1 - 1
40' N. Anelka
 (assist by C. Brunt)
1 - 2
45'+1 N. Anelka
M. Maïga 65'
(assist by K. Nolan) 
2 - 2
K. Nolan 67'
(assist by M. Maïga) 
3 - 2
3 - 3
69' S. Berahino
 (assist by C. Brunt)

Lineups

# Player Bookings
22
17
3
8
5
26 4'
4 57' 67'
16
7
21 81'
24 43'
Coach: S. Allardyce
# Player Bookings
1
3
6 90+1'
14
28
23
7
21 48'
11
39 40' 45+1'
38 69'
Coach: K. Downing

Substitutes

# Player Bookings
20
11 65'
10
13
14
18
37
# Player Bookings
18
5
29
10
13
20
25

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Premier League table

# Team MP D P
1 3 +7 9
2 3 +5 9
3 3 +2 7
4 3 +3 6
5 3 +2 6
6 3 +2 6
7 3 +1 5
8 3 +1 4
9 3 +0 4
10 3 +0 4
11 3 -1 3
12 3 -4 3
13 3 -1 2
14 3 -1 2
15 3 -2 2
16 3 -2 2
17 3 -3 2
18 3 -3 2
19 3 -3 1
20 3 -3 1

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