Sagbo and Assou-Ekotto granted extension for ‘quenelle’ charges
Yannick Sagbo and Benoit Assou-Ekotto have been granted more time to respond to Football Association charges relating to the ‘quenelle’ gesture.
The Hull striker and QPR left-back were charged with improper conduct last week for referring on social media to the offensive gesture made by Nicolas Anelka during a Premier League game.
The pair, originally given until 8 April to respond, asked for more time. The FA has agreed but the new deadline has not been made public.
Anelka was sacked by West Brom last month after being given a five-match ban for the gesture.
The ‘quenelle’, an arm gesture widely considered to be antisemitic, came to prominence in the UK after it was performed by Anelka while celebrating a goal for West Brom in December.
Assou-Ekotto, 30, is on a season-long loan at Loftus Road from Tottenham. He became involved after tweeting in response to Anelka’s salute a message that translated as “I congratulate you on the beautiful quenelle”.
Ivory Coast international Sagbo, 25, also took to the social media network after the incident, posting a picture of Anelka’s celebration with a message of support for the striker and comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, who has popularised the gesture.
From BBC Sport