Saturday, March 01, 2014

The Anelka Penalty

Nicolas Anelka has been fined £80,000 and suspended for five games by an independent panel after the striker was brought before them after doing an inverted Nazi salute during a game in December.

However, the panel noted that they did not believe Anelka intended 'to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle'.

Am I being naive?

I think it's a BS call to punish the guy and then say 'but he didn't mean it'.

If he didn't mean it, then the penalty is too harsh. Now - if he did intend to convey a message of hate, the punishment fits.

Football. It's a funny old game.

And its laws are even funnier.

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