Anelka calls on English FA to drop race charge, pointing to backing of French Jewish leader

El jugador de West Bromwich Albion, Nicolas Anelka, derecha, gesticula al festejar un gol contra West Ham en la liga Premier el 28 de diciembre de 2013. (AP Photo/Sang Tan, File)The Associated Press

West Bromwich Albion forward Nicolas Anelka called on England's Football Association to drop his racism charge after a French Jewish leader insisted a goal-celebration gesture was not anti-Semitic.

The FA spent more than three weeks studying the case before deciding the gesture, known in France as a "quenelle" and described as an "inverted Nazi salute," was a racially aggravated breach of its rules.

The Frenchman faces a minimum five-game ban and insisted the FA wrongly interpreted the meaning of the quenelle.