Updated: Sunday, 29 December 2013 03:03 | By Agence France-Presse

French footballer Anelka says gesture a 'dedication' to comedian

French footballer Nicolas Anelka said Saturday that a gesture he made during a match earlier -- interpreted by many to be a 'Nazi-style' salute -- was a "dedication" to a comedian friend.

French footballer Anelka says gesture a 'dedication' to comedian

West Bromwich Albion's striker Nicolas Anelka celebrates scoring during an English Premier League football match against West Ham United at The Boleyn Ground, Upton Park in east London on December 28, 2013

"This gesture was just a special dedication to my comedian friend Dieudonne," Anelka wrote in English and in French on his Twitter feed. 

The West Bromwich Albion striker was referring to a French stand-up comic who has been convicted several times for anti-Semitic comments and who uses the same gesture as a trademark salute.

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