February 26th, 2014
Anelka’s quenelle hearing is reported to start soon. As per the sources, the disciplinary hearing on the French soccer star would start from the early quarter of last February.
The Frenchman came up with his quenelle gesture while celebrating his club West Brom’s win over West Ham last December. The striker’s gesture was not taken casually by Football Association and he was subjected to a 5-match ban following it. According to Football Association, the quenelle gesture is racist or anti-Semitic in nature and hence the ban. Anelka denied any signal of racism in his gesture and requested for personal hearing.
An independent 3-men regulatory panel would be meeting up soon next week to discuss the racist allegations imposed upon the West Brom striker. However, the hearing is supposed to run for several days.
The quenelle gesture is being defined as some inverted Nazi salutation & its invention is being credited to the soccer star’s friend Dieudonne M’bala, who is a leading French comedian. Dieudonne is prosecuted on the charge of anti-Semitism.
However, Anelka is firm on his stance that his very gesture on winning the match over West Ham was completely harmless, bearing no reference to racism. He maintained that his act was some anti-establishment antic that he gestured in honor of his buddy.
Dieudonne has been banned already from foraying into UK as the Home authority subjected the comedian to exclusion order. Meanwhile, “Kick it Out”, the famous campaign group have remarked that West Brom needed to act more honorable regarding the incident.
The controversial quenelle gesture has even resulted in Zoopla, Baggies’ sponsor, terminating their deal with West Brom. The contract would conclude by the season end.
It’s to see now that whether the well-travelled French striker would actually be able to save his career or not.
December 18th, 2013
Steve Clarke led West Bromwich Albion to 8th place at the Premier League last season which was the best finish the club has ever gotten in all of their history but it wasn’t enough for Clarke to secure his position as the head coach.
After facing their 4th consecutive defeat against Cardiff City, the official website of the club confirmed the decision to relieve Clarke from his duties and responsibilities.
Director Richard Garlick told the club’s official website: “We have reluctantly come to the decision to relieve Steve of his duties after very careful consideration.
“It has been well documented that we have not had the rub of the green in certain games this season but that does not cloud the generally disappointing points return during this calendar year, culminating in today’s fourth-successive defeat at Cardiff.
“This club’s track record proves we do not take such decisions lightly, having only enforced a change in this position three times in approximately 14 years. “But with key games coming thick and fast, we felt it was important we acted now to give the club the best possible chance of a successful outcome this season’’.
The potential list of candidates to take up the position of head coach of the club includes the likes of: Martin Jol, Roberto Di Matteo, Mike Phelan and Michael Appleton.
West Bromwich Albion have to face Hull City and Tottenham Hotspur in their next Premier League matches and were given some good news after hearing reports that the Frenchman Nicolas Anelka is making a faster recovery than initially expected from his niggling groin problem and will make it in time to play against Cardiff City.
Victor Anichebe will not be available to play after struggling with an illness so the recovery of Anelka arrived at a great moment for the club.
November 22nd, 2013
West Brom manager Steve Clarke has confirmed that former Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka will miss the match against his former club due to an injury. Anelka played for Chelsea for three seasons following his £ 15 million move from Bolton Wanderers. During this period, he also won the Golden Boot award and several other titles including the Premier league title. He narrowly missed out on the Champions league title, as the club won this a few months after his departure. Over the years, Anelka has played for several clubs in various countries, but it is widely regarded that he produced his best spell at Chelsea.
He did not have a chance to say goodbye to the Chelsea fans, but he was expected to get an opportunity on Saturday when West Brom are playing against the West London outfit. Anelka recently returned to the Premier league after signing a one-year deal with West Brom. It has been able to tide over the absence of Romelu Lukaku spent the last season on loan from Chelsea. Anelka, though, will miss the match due to a groin problem according to Clarke, who also says that former blue Scott Sinclair will also be a casualty.
In his absence, Clarke is likely to use Shane Long to play against John Terry and Gary Cahill.
“Scott has done a little bit of training this week, but if I’m being honest I think this game is going to come a little bit too early. He’s working well and we will assess him again tomorrow. He’s had three hard days with the team and we’ll see how he reacts and make a decision on whether he travels. For the starting XI it will be too early. Victor is fine. The only one that’s doubtful from the normal squad is Nicolas,” said Clarke.
August 29th, 2013
West Brom defender Liam Ridgewell has said that he expects Shane long and Nicolas Anelka to strike a good partnership in the coming season. The club recently completed the signing of former Chelsea and Bolton striker Nicolas Anelka on a free transfer. The striker has signed a one-year contract with the club. Despite coming to the end of his career, many believe that Anelka can still score the goals in the league. This is going to be an especially tough season for West Brom because they have to do without the goals from Romelu Lukaku this season.
The Chelsea striker has returned to his parent club and he scored 17 goals in an incredible campaign last time around. Manager Steve Clark admitted at the start of the season that replacing Lukaku’s goals will be the big target for the club. They will be hoping that Anelka does the job. The 34-year-old is a proven Premier league goalscorer and he has more than 100 Premier league goals to his name. Even though he has played for several clubs like Liverpool, Manchester city, Bolton, Chelsea, Arsenal, and Real Madrid, he has managed to score goals wherever he has gone.
Long has also been very good player for West Brom since his move from Reading.
“I’m sure Shane will be looking forward to it. Him and Shane together could be frightening. I wouldn’t want to be defending with those two running at me. As a pairing I’m sure they’ll be very good for us. It will be good to have all the boys together for a few days. It helps to gel as a team and a squad if you’re all away together for pre-season. We just can’t wait to get started,” said the defender ahead of the new season. West Brom kick off the campaign with a home match against Southampton.