Anelka given five-match ban and fine for quenelle gesture

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has been given a five-match ban and fined £80,000 for the 'quenelle' gesture he made during his side's match against West Ham in December.

Anelka suspended by West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka has been suspended by the club pending the conclusion of the FA’s disciplinary process and the Club’s own internal investigation.

In a statement, the club said: "WestBromwich Albion treats very seriously any such allegation which includes anyreference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion and/or belief."

The 35-year-old former French international has been given a five-match ban and fined £80,000 by the FA for the 'quenelle' gesture he made during his side's match against West Ham in December.

The Club's full statement can be read here.

More: Anelka punished by new anti-racism rules

Anelka punished by new anti-racism rules

The FA introduced new anti-racism rules last year following criticism of its handling of cases involving John Terry and Luis Suarez.

The new guidelines meant a five-game ban was the minimum that could be issued if Nicolas Anelka was found guilty of making a racist gesture.

Here's how Anelka's punishment compares with other high-profile cases dealt with by the FA in recent years:

  • December 2011: Luis Suarez is banned for eight matches for racially abusing Manchester United's Patrice Evra. He is also fined £40,000.
  • September 2012: After a long-running denial, John Terry accepts a four-match ban and a fine of £220,000 for racially abusing Queens Park Rangers' Anton Ferdinand.
  • April 2013: Luis Suarez receives a 10-match ban for biting Chelsea's Branislav Ivanovic.

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FA 'did not find that Nicolas Anelka is an anti-Semite'

The Football Association said its Independent Regulatory Commission found Nicolas Anelka guilty of an "aggravated breach" of its rules because the gesture "included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief."

But the commission added:

...we 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.

Anelka given ban and fine for 'quenelle' gesture

Anelka's gesture was found to be "abusive and or insulting and or improper," the FA said. Credit: Empics

West Brom striker Nicolas Anelka has been given a five-match ban and fined £80,000 for the 'quenelle' gesture he made during his side's match against West Ham in December.

The Frenchman will also be ordered to complete a compulsory education course, the Football Association said.

Earlier this month: Controversial 'quenelle' comedian banned from UK