The Frenchman performed the ‘quenelle’, believed to be an anti-Semitic gesture, after scoring against West Ham United on December 28.
On Monday the FA charged Anelka for making an ‘abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper’ gesture, which ‘included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief’.
But the Baggies have released a statement suggesting Anelka feels he has not performed any wrongdoing by using what he describes as an anti-establishment signal.
"The striker has requested a personal hearing. The club will make no further comment until The FA’s disciplinary process has reached a conclusion."
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