Legendary ex-England footballer, turned-pundit, Alan Shearer, could face retrospective action if found guilty of a career’s use of the so-called ‘inverse-quenelle’ salute as his celebration for scoring. It is alleged that Shearer’s celebration ‘strongly resembles’ the inverted version of a salute now used by modern-day right-wing extremists.
Football’s anti-racism charity, Kick It Out, has condemned Shearer’s prolific promotion of a salute, deemed now-a-days as a sign of racial intolerance or fascism by many. ‘Mr. Shearer has shown an irresponsible lack of foresight. He did not consider that his salute might one day be inverted, used by an anti-establishment comedian, and subsequently taken up by ignorant bigots, and his position as a role model for millions of young supporters around the world should be taken into consideration when punishing Mr. Shearer.’
Fellow football pundit and analyst, Pat Nevin, has produced an analysis of Shearer’s celebration to determine whether or not it could be considered offensive by the officials looking at Alan’s case. ‘If you look at the angle between Alan’s neck and his raised forearm, it is obvious that this angle is much decreased relative to that now used as a symbol of intolerance. Put together with the beaming smile that accompanies the salute, it is clear the intent was not there, and so I feel the referee will decide that no further action need be taken.’
Irish international, Robbie Keane, has similarly come under fire for his celebration, a cartwheel and roly-poly, followed by mimicking firing a machine gun. ‘Robbie’s celebration is much more upfront and obvious. He cartwheels over some lasers, rolls under a barricade and then shoots some Government officials in the face, in a clear act of support for the IRA. It is unbelievable he has got away with it for so long in this day and age.’
Gary Linekar has tweeted in his support of his fellow Match of the Day presenter. ‘Unbelievable that Alan incriminated - was only showing support for his old friend Adolf.’