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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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.

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