Nicolas Anelka, The Quenelle, Gestures & Words


Ian began writing Twohundredpercent in May 2006. He lives in Brighton. He has also written for, amongst others, Pitch Invasion, FC Business Magazine, The Score, When Saturday Comes, Stand Against Modern Football and The Football Supporter. Ian was the first winner of the Socrates Award For Not Being Dead Yet at the 2010 NOPA awards for football bloggers.

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3 Responses

  1. French Mackem says:

    I live in France and have been following the whole Dieudonné thing for quite a while. I think that this article sums up the situation very well, especially the last paragraph.It’s not possible that Anelka’s gesture was innocent – he must have known what he was doing. I think that West Brom’s defence of the player is uninformed and misplaced.

  2. David says:

    An excellent article, well researched and well written. It ties in with an article I wrote about the affair on my own blog ( which your readers may be interested in. I includes a bit more background on the appalling M’bala M’bala.

  3. Vic says:

    But why is the gesture called “quenelle”, which is a savoury pudding, often with fish in it (such as pike, which we’ve had in France)? – is it too obvious or am I just naive?

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