Media camp outside The Grove hotel in Watford for West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka quenelle hearing

Media camp outside of Watford Anelka FA hearing hotel

A picture emerged on social media of the 34-year-old outside Watford Junction Station with fan Neil Jones yesterday.

Media camp outside of Watford Anelka FA hearing hotel

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Photographers and media crews are camped outside the Watford hotel where West Bromwich Albion striker, Nicolas Anelka, is facing a disciplinary hearing today.

The FA is currently holding proceedings, prompted by the former Chelsea player making an allegedly anti-Semitic "quenelle" gesture at a game in December, at The Grove hotel, in Hempstead Road.

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The venue of the hearing was supposed to be secret. However, a picture emerged on social media of the 34-year-old outside Watford Junction station yesterday, after he posed for a photo with a fan.

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7:49pm Wed 26 Feb 14

Roy Stockdill says...

Can anyone explain why the FA are holding a disciplinary inquiry at The Grove? It's not their headquarters, is it? Moreover, why are inquiries concerning the alleged wrongdoings of footballers held in secret? Aren't the rest of us entitled to know what is going on, or does football think it is above the law?
Can anyone explain why the FA are holding a disciplinary inquiry at The Grove? It's not their headquarters, is it? Moreover, why are inquiries concerning the alleged wrongdoings of footballers held in secret? Aren't the rest of us entitled to know what is going on, or does football think it is above the law? Roy Stockdill
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10:23am Thu 27 Feb 14

CaptainPC says...

Roy Stockdill wrote:
Can anyone explain why the FA are holding a disciplinary inquiry at The Grove? It's not their headquarters, is it? Moreover, why are inquiries concerning the alleged wrongdoings of footballers held in secret? Aren't the rest of us entitled to know what is going on, or does football think it is above the law?
THe England Team always stay there prior to Wembley and I would imagine there is some sort of agreement in place that The Grove is England's preferred hotel partner.

Having said that it does seem odd that they can't have the hearing at HQ. Probably a night out for the disciplinary committee.

Whether it's right, that these hearing are heard in private is a point for discussion, but as a private institution I'd say they can set their own rules. Essentially it's an internal meeting.

I'm glad that it has brought publicity to The Grove though. Every time they mention the Hotel and Watford in the same sentence it must be a little dig for the pompous buffoons who think it's in Chandler's Cross or "London".
[quote][p][bold]Roy Stockdill[/bold] wrote: Can anyone explain why the FA are holding a disciplinary inquiry at The Grove? It's not their headquarters, is it? Moreover, why are inquiries concerning the alleged wrongdoings of footballers held in secret? Aren't the rest of us entitled to know what is going on, or does football think it is above the law?[/p][/quote]THe England Team always stay there prior to Wembley and I would imagine there is some sort of agreement in place that The Grove is England's preferred hotel partner. Having said that it does seem odd that they can't have the hearing at HQ. Probably a night out for the disciplinary committee. Whether it's right, that these hearing are heard in private is a point for discussion, but as a private institution I'd say they can set their own rules. Essentially it's an internal meeting. I'm glad that it has brought publicity to The Grove though. Every time they mention the Hotel and Watford in the same sentence it must be a little dig for the pompous buffoons who think it's in Chandler's Cross or "London". CaptainPC
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12:53pm Thu 27 Feb 14

Roy Stockdill says...

I would argue that a ruling body which governs a sport that is followed by millions - arguably THE major sport of Britain and the world - is not entitled to set its own rules and hold disciplinary enquiries in private, trying to evade the media and the fans. The allegation against Anelka is a serious one and surely the hearing should be open and reported, otherwise how are we to know that justice is being done, both to the player concerned and to the game of football generally? The over-riding principle of justice is a commitment to openness, not secrecy.
I would argue that a ruling body which governs a sport that is followed by millions - arguably THE major sport of Britain and the world - is not entitled to set its own rules and hold disciplinary enquiries in private, trying to evade the media and the fans. The allegation against Anelka is a serious one and surely the hearing should be open and reported, otherwise how are we to know that justice is being done, both to the player concerned and to the game of football generally? The over-riding principle of justice is a commitment to openness, not secrecy. Roy Stockdill
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1:20pm Thu 27 Feb 14

CaptainPC says...

The fact that the sport is followed by millions is not relevant. Those followers are customers, not shareholders. If they don't like it they can vote with their feet. That's what I've done as the whole enterprise stinks. It's a shame but you can't fight the tide however much of a Cnut you are.
The fact that the sport is followed by millions is not relevant. Those followers are customers, not shareholders. If they don't like it they can vote with their feet. That's what I've done as the whole enterprise stinks. It's a shame but you can't fight the tide however much of a Cnut you are. CaptainPC
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