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West Brom have refused to comment on reports their main sponsor is threatening to withdraw over the Nicolas Anelka case.

A story in Friday's Marketing Week publication claimed Albion's shirt sponsors Zoopla will pull out of their deal if Anelka plays against Everton on Monday.

The striker is under investigation by the Football Association over his goal celebration at West Ham on Boxing Day, when he made a 'quenelle' gesture which some French politicians have associated with anti-Semitism.

Property website Zoopla is co-owned by a Jewish businessman, and the Marketing Week report said an "ultimatum" was made earlier this week.

Asked to comment, West Brom's head of communications John Simpson said: "West Bromwich Albion will be making no further comment until the Football Association has concluded its investigation, and the club its own internal inquiry, into the matter."


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Zoopla's head of communications Lawrence Hall said: "We are not commenting at this stage."

The Football Association has been investigating Anelka since last month, and Albion sporting director Richard Garlick on Friday called for the case to be concluded "as soon as possible".

A decision on whether to charge the 34-year-old with an offense is not due before Monday.

Anelka, friends with the French comedian who invented the 'quenelle', strongly denies his gesture was motivated by religion or politics.

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