West Bromwich's Nicolas Anelka has shown a damaging lack of judgement by using the "quenelle" gesture and could face an eight-match ban.
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West Brom have completed the signing of French striker Nicolas Anelka on a one-year deal.
An Independent Regulatory Commission has today released the written reasons in the case of The FA versus Nicolas Anelka.
Both parties have seven days to consider any appeals, ending on Thursday 13 March 2014.
The Independent Regulatory Commission had previously found an aggravated breach of FA Rule E3 against Nicolas Anelka proven and issued a five-match suspension, a fine of £80,000, and that the player be ordered to complete a compulsory education course.
It follows his controversial 'quenelle' gesture in a match against West Ham in December. The player has always denied it was an anti-semitic gesture, instead saying it was a show of solidarity with a banned French comedian.
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West Bromwich Albion say they have suspended Nicolas Anelka following the FA's decision to ban him for five matches and fine him £80,000 for the use of the controversial 'quenelle' gesture.
In a statement, the club said:
"WBA treats very seriously any allegation which includes any reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion and/or belief. Upon both charges being proven the Club has suspended Nicolas Anelka pending the conclusion of the FA’s disciplinary process and the Club’s own internal investigation.
"The Club acknowledges that the FA panel ‘did not find that Nicolas Anelka is an anti-Semite or that he intended to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle’. However, the Club cannot ignore the offence that his actions have caused, particularly to the Jewish community."
Anelka still has the right to appeal the decision.
Vivian Wineman, the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, describes this as "highly offensive to Jews and right-minded members of the public."
Simon Johnson, a former FA executive who is now chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, added:
– Simon Johnson, Jewish Leadership Council
The conviction of Nicolas Anelka is a welcome outcome. It demonstrates that the FA's processes are robust enough to deal with the most pernicious of racism cases.
The West Bromwich Albion Supporters' Club Chairman Alan Cleverley has reacted to the news of Anelka's fine and five match ban.
He's said if he's been found guilty then he deserves the punishment he's got, as he must have understood what the gesture meant.
Mr Cleverley said because his performances haven't been that good, apart from the West Ham game, his impact has been very little and so they wouldn't miss him if he did go.
West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for his 'quenelle' celebration.
The French striker made the gesture during West Brom's 3-3 Premier League draw with West Ham on 28 December 2013.
He will also be ordered to complete a compulsory education course, the Football Association said.
Anelka has the right to appeal the decision but must notify The FA within seven days of receipt of their written reasons for the decision.
Nicolas Anelka's disciplinary hearing into his 'quenelle' salute will begin today.
A three-man independent regulatory commission will hear the case which is expected to be completed by the end of the week.
The 34-year-old striker was charged by the Football Association after performing the gesture during West Brom's match against West Ham on December 28, but he has consistently denied suggestions the salute was anti-Semitic and requested a personal hearing.
The French striker faces a minimum five-match ban under the FA's new anti-discrimination rules if found guilty.
A controversial French comedian at the centre of the Nicolas Anelka anti-semitism row has been banned from entering the UK, the Home Office said.
Dieudonne M'bala M'bala previously announced he would visit London to support the West Bromwich Albion footballer, who faces a ban for performing the comic's "quenelle" salute on the pitch, which is believed by some to be an anti-semitic gesture.
A Home Office spokeswoman said: "We can confirm that Mr Dieudonne is subject to an exclusion order. The Home Secretary will seek to exclude an individual from the UK if she considers that there are public policy or public security reasons to do so."
Thanks to Lazio & all the others clubs who wanted to sign me this last days. See you this summer if I decide to continue...
But the question is why should I leave my club & England? I'm happy here & I did nothing wrong...
So now it's time to stay focus on my football with my club & I will try my best on the pitch like I always do !
Albion can confirm that Nicolas Anelka has denied an FA charge and requested a personal hearing.
Nicolas Anelka has formally denied an FA charge following his controversial "quenelle' gesture, made during a Premier League match against West Ham.
The FA has charged Anelka with making a gesture that was "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper."
Anelka's club, West Brom, have confirmed the 34-year-old has also requested a personal hearing.
The striker is facing a five match ban, unless he can prove his case.
Romelu Lukaku has apologised for any offense caused following his comments about Nicolas Anelka's use of a 'quenelle' gesture.
The 20-year-old Belgium striker, who is currently on loan at Everton, said in an interview prior to Anelka's FA charge: "He was my idol as a kid and he still is.
"I don't think he should be banned for that, he was just supporting a comedian in France. We don't have to make such a big deal about it."I hope he doesn't get suspended because he is a player people want to play on the pitch."
The evertontv interview was later removed from the club website and today Lukaku said in a statement: "I want to make clear that I was supporting a friend and player I have admired since I was a child.
"I apologise if I caused any offence with my comments as this was never my intention."There has been a misunderstanding and I want to clarify that I was in no way endorsing the gesture made by Nicolas."