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Comic behind Anelka’s ‘quenelle’ gesture banned from UK

ALLEGATIONS: Nicolas Anelka during the match against West Ham on Dec 28

THE FRENCH comedian behind West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka’s 'anti-Semitic' celebratory hand gesture, has been banned from Britain.

The Home Office said that Dieudonne M'bala M'bala has been banned from entering the UK, according to the BBC.

M'bala M'bala planned on visiting Anelka, who faces a ban for performing the comic's ‘quenelle’ gesture – a hand gesture considered by some to be anti-Semitic.

A spokeswoman for the Home Office said: “We can confirm that Mr Dieudonne is subject to an exclusion order.

“The Home Secretary will seek to exclude an individual from the UK if she considers that there are public policy or public security reasons to do so.”

Anelka, 34, was charged by the FA for performing the gesture after scoring against West Ham United in December. He faces a minimum five-match ban if found guilty of an "abusive" sign.

BANNED: Comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala

The striker denies the FA charge and has requested a personal hearing. He claimed his action was designed purely as a show of support for Dieudonne and suggested the salute could be perceived as "anti-establishment", rather than discriminatory.

Dieudonne, 47, has been convicted six times of hate speech against Jews. Several of his shows were banned in France last month after fears that his portrayal of Jews and mocking of the Holocaust were a risk to public order.

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