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Anelka asks FA to drop charges for quenelle salute

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Anelka asks FA to drop charges for quenelle salute

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Under-fire striker Nicolas Anelka has asked the English Football Association via his Facebook and Twitter accounts to drop the charges against him for his quenelle salute.

The FA charged West Bromwich Albion’s former France international for making the improper gesture during a Premier League game last month.

Charges that carry a minimum five match ban.

The quenelle salute is widely regarded as anti-semitic, but Anelka maintains it was a tribute to his friend and controversial French comedian Dieudonne who invented it.

Anelka has until early evening on Thursday to officially respond to the charges.