Football: Anelka gets five-match ban for 'quenelle'
Published on Feb 28, 2014 1:29 AM
LONDON (AFP) - Nicolas Anelka was banned for five matches on Thursday 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 (S$168,700).
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 December 28.
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