Anelka 'did not promote anti-Semitism' - report
Nicolas Anelka could not be proven to have intentionally promoted anti-Semitism by performing a 'quenelle' salute, the independent regulatory commission that banned the West Bromwich Albion striker revealed on Thursday.
Anelka, 34, was given a five-game suspension, as well as an �80,000 (97,00 euros, $133,000) fine, last week after making the gesture during his side's 3-3 draw at West Ham United in the Premier League in December.
The body that imposed the ban revealed the reasons for its decision in a 35-page report released on Thursday, in which it stated that the 'quenelle' is "strongly associated with anti-Semitism".
However, the commission said that it was not satisfied that Anelka intended to "express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle".
Its report also revealed that the Football Association had unsuccessfully pushed for a stronger sanction than the mandatory minimum five-game ban.