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
Scientists have discovered the world's deepest fish with wing-like fins and an eel-like tail during research in the depths of the Pacific.
The tranquil district of Hart has been crowned as the place with the best quality of life in the UK for the fourth year in a row.
Britain's immigration system is in 'critical condition' according to the chair of the Home Affairs Select Committee.