Updated: Friday, 28 February 2014 01:26 | By Agence France-Presse

Anelka gets five-match ban for 'quenelle'

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

Anelka gets five-match ban for 'quenelle'

A file picture taken on December 28, 2013, shows West Bromwich Albion's French striker Nicolas Anelka gesturing as he celebrates scoring a goal at The Boleyn Ground, Upton Park in east London - by Ian Kington

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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