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FA should be saluted for stance on Anelka.

Byline: OLIVER BOLT

The FA was right to charge Nicolas Anelka with an aggravated breach of its rules yesterday.

When Anelka (above) made the quenelle gesture last month, he was, knowingly or not, allying himself with anti-Semitism.

Those who argue the gesture is merely antiestablishment conveniently ignore the fact it has become one of the symbols of burgeoning anti-Semitism across Europe.

Idiots and thugs have been photographed making the gesture outside Auschwitz and in front of Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam.

The case has already raised some interesting questions about whether we view anti-Semitism quite as seriously in this country as we view racism of other kinds.

Hopefully, the FA's impending punishment of Anelka will provide English football's response.
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Title Annotation:Sport; Opinion, Columns
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Jan 22, 2014
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