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.
More top news
Showers continue across western Scotland throughout tomorrow but some brightness here as well.
Two people were injured in a collision involving several vehicles in central London, after their car was caught between two buses.
Police are issuing appeals for a gang who attacked two men after luring them into meeting with what they thought were underage girls.