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Five-match ban for Anelka

Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five games and fined £80,000 after being found guilty of aggravated misconduct over his 'quenelle' gesture.

Last Updated: 27/02/14 at 17:45

Nicolas Anelka: The West Brom striker can appeal the commission's decision

Nicolas Anelka: The West Brom striker can appeal the commission's decision

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An independent regulatory commission ruled the West Brom striker was guilty of breaching the Football Association's code of conduct when he celebrated a goal at West Ham in December by making the gesture.

And the panel upheld the FA's charge that his rule breach "included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief."

Anelka has been ordered to attend an education programme and will miss games against Manchester United, Swansea, Hull, Cardiff and Norwich at a time when Albion are fighting relegation from the Premier League.

A five-match suspension is the minimum penalty for aggravated misconduct, and the 34-year-old has seven days to appeal once the commission's written reasons for the decision have been published.

The 'quenelle' gesture, popularised by a French comedian and friend of Anelka, has been linked with anti-Semitism by some French politicians.

But the commission made it clear it "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."

And Anelka has always maintained his actions were "anti-establishment" rather than motivated by race or religion.

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