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MAIL - Spurs rap Assou-Ekotto over race tweet inviting 'quenelle' comedian to White Hart Lane
In a tweet that has now been deleted, the Tottenham left back — currently on loan at QPR — messaged the man who invented the controversial quenelle gesture used by Nicolas Anelka to celebrate a goal for West Brom on Saturday at West Ham.
French-born Assou-Ekotto said: ‘oh dieudo tu vien quand voir un match a tottenham? Tu va adore ... LOL.’
In English it reads: ‘When are you coming to watch a match at Tottenham? You’ll love it ... LOL.’
The tweet, sent on November 18, is open to interpretation, but in the context of a tweet he then posted in support of Anelka at the weekend, it is sure to concern a club with strong Jewish roots. On December 28, Assou-Ekotto tweeted Anelka, saying: ‘jte fellicite man belle keunel epaule.’
Translated, it means: ‘I congratulate you on the beautiful quenelle.’
The tweet is written in French slang but a French linguist told Sportsmail that ‘keunel epaule’ is a text-language spelling for the ‘quenelle épaulée’, referring to the ‘shoulder’ quenelle.
That tweet has also now been deleted by Cameroon defender Assou-Ekotto, 29, but Tottenham issued a statement in response. ‘The matter has been discussed with the player and, while he meant no offence by his post, he accepts this was ill-advised and deleted the tweet,’ it said.
When Sportsmail asked Tottenham to clarify which of the two tweets the statement was referring to, the club replied: ‘It’s referring to any tweets concerning this matter.’
It is understood Assou-Ekotto has adopted the same position as Anelka and Manchester City’s Samir Nasri, who argue that the quenelle is an anti-establishment gesture and not anti-Semitic, though Nasri did apologise for ‘causing any hurt’.
Assou-Ekotto’s advisers stressed last night that he has campaigned against racism since becoming a Tottenham player and has been involved in a number of the club’s community schemes.
The incident comes with the FA under mounting pressure from anti-discrimination groups to charge Anelka following his controversial goal celebration....’ WBA