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.

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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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