French soccer player Anelka banned for 5 games over 'quenelle' gesture

By REUTERS
February 27, 2014 19:08

 
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West Bromwich Albion forward Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined 80,000 pounds ($133,400) for making an alleged anti-Semitic gesture in a match in December, the Football Association said on Thursday.

The Frenchman, who made a "quenelle" salute after scoring in a 3-3 draw against West Ham United on Dec. 28, has also been ordered to complete a compulsory education course.



"An Independent Regulatory Commission has found an aggravated breach of FA Rule E3 against Nicolas Anelka proven and has issued a five-match suspension and a fine of 80,000 pounds, pending appeal," the FA said in a statement.



The punishment is suspended until the outcome of any appeal or until the player informs the FA of his decision not to appeal.



Anelka had previously used his Facebook and Twitter accounts to ask the FA to drop the charges and denied he was anti-Semitic or racist.

He had claimed the gesture, which has been described as an inverted Nazi salute, was a tribute to his French comedian friend Dieudonne M'Bala M'Bala who invented it.

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