Jewish outrage at Anelka's Roda JC appointment

The controversial ex-striker's appointment at the Eredivisie side has not gone down well with the local community given his links to antisemitism

Nicolas Anelka's appointment as a consultant to Roda JC has not been taken to kindly by the Jewish community, with a spokeperson branding the Frenchman's role a "disgrace".

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The former striker was brought to the Eredivisie side at the behest of new co-owner Aleksei Korotaev, with the intention the 37-year-old would focus on the youth system and advise on signing players from France. 

However, the move has not been popularly met by all given Anelka courted controversy when he performed a 'quenelle' celebration after he scored for West Brom in December 2013.

His actions then came in for strong criticism owing to the gesture's association with antisemitism, with some viewing it as an inverted Nazi salute.

Anelka West Brom quenelle

Anelka was fined and banned for five matches by an FA disciplinary committee but the links have remained with him, as members of the Dutch Jewish public voice their concern.

"It's a disgrace for Roda JC to bring in someone like him. There are limits, this is impossible," Herman Loonstein, the chairman of Federatief Joods Nederland, was quoted as saying by De Telegraaf.

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Benoit Wesly, spokesman of the Jewish Community in Limburg - the province where Roda play - added: "This is ridiculous. Roda should never start working together with someone like Anelka.

"Football players are an example for other people. Roda should distance themselves from him."

However, the Kerkrade club have defended their addition, with technical director Ton Caanen responding: "We listened to what Nicolas had to say about football and co-owner Korotaev wants to have him here.

"That's what counts for us. I don't comment about criticism from other people."

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