Everton striker Lukaku apologises over Anelka support

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has apologised for supporting West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka over his 'quenelle' gesture.

Everton striker Romelu Lukaku has apologised for supporting West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka over his 'quenelle' gesture.

Lukaku featured in a video on the Everton website saying there did not have to be "such a big deal" made about the gesture and that Anelka should not be banned. The video was later whipped off the website.

In a statement released through anti-discrimination group Kick It Out, for whom Lukaku is an ambassador, the forward apologised.

Lukaku said: "I want to make clear that I was supporting a friend and player I have admired since I was a child.

"I apologise if I caused any offence with my comments as this was never my intention.

"There has been a misunderstanding and I want to clarify that I was in no way endorsing the gesture made by Nicolas."

 
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