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Nicolas Anelka banned for five matches over quenelle gesture

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Nicolas Anelka has been given a five match suspension and been fined £80,000 for his “quenelle” gesture.

The West Brom striker has also been ordered to complete a compulsory education course, following a two-day FA hearing.

The Frenchman, who made the gesture after scoring in West Brom’s 2-2 draw with West ham in December, denied his use of the sign, described as an “inverted Nazi salute”, was anti-Semitic.

The independent commission released a statement in which they said the two charges Anelka faced were that the gesture was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper, and that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief were both found proved thus making Anelka guilty.

An FA statement said: "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, pending appeal".

The former French international 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.

Anelka will miss the games against Manchester United, Swansea City, Hull City, Cardiff City and Norwich City if he doesn't appeal his five match ban. 

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