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Anelka gets five-match ban for 'quenelle'

The West Bromwich Albion forward was also ordered to complete a “compulsory education course” although he does have right of appeal.

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NICOLAS ANELKA WAS banned for five matches today for his controversial ‘quenelle’ goal celebration, a gesture which was widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

The Football Association found the French striker guilty of an “aggravated breach” of FA rules which in turn saw him banned and fined £80,000 (€97,468).

The West Bromwich Albion forward was also ordered to complete a “compulsory education course” although he does have right of appeal. Anelka made the ‘quenelle’, a gesture condemned in France as anti-Semitic, after scoring the first of his two goals in a 3-3 Premier League draw against West Ham at Upton Park on 28 December.

However, the 34-year-old Anelka denied the gesture was anti-Semitic or that he himself was a racist.

- © AFP, 2014

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