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Football: Anelka gets five-match ban for 'quenelle'

Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches for his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration, a gesture which was widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

LONDON: Nicolas Anelka was banned for five matches on Thursday for his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration, a gesture which was widely condemned as anti-Semitic.

The Football Association found the French striker guilty of an "aggravated breach" of FA rules which in turn saw him banned and fined £80,000 (97,468 euros; $133,368).

The West Bromwich Albion forward was also ordered to complete a "compulsory education course" although he does have right of appeal.

Anelka made the 'quenelle', a gesture condemned in France as anti-Semitic, after scoring the first of his two goals in a 3-3 Premier League draw against West Ham at Upton Park on December 28.

However, the 34-year-old Anelka denied the gesture was anti-Semitic or that he himself was a racist.

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