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Football: Anelka gets five-match ban for 'quenelle'

Published on Feb 28, 2014 1:29 AM
 
West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, on Jan 20, 2014. Anelka was banned for five matches on Thursday for his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration, a gesture which was widely condemned as anti-Semitic. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

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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