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Nicolas Anelka Banned for Five Matches for ‘Quenelle’; Frenchman Also Faces £80k Fine

WBA striker will miss five games after celebration.

WBA striker Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for his ‘Quenelle’ celebration against West Ham in December, pending appeal.

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The former Arsenal, Chelsea and Real Madrid star has also been served to complete a ‘compulsory education course’.

An independent panel found that “did not find that Anelka is an Anti-Semite or that he intended to express or promote Anti-Semitism by his use of quenelle”.

The French striker insisted the gesture, which many feel is anti-semitic, was simply in support of his comedian friend Dieudonna M’bala M’bala.

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