French Striker Banned For Supporting Ex Arsenal And Liverpool Forward Over Offensive Gesture

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Hull City forward Yannick Sagbo has been handed a two-game suspension for his tweet of support for sacked West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka’s quenelle salute.

Anelka, whose many previous clubs include Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and Manchester City, was given a five-match ban and fined £80,000 by the Football Association for celebrating a goal in last December’s win at West Ham with the apparent anti-Semitic gesture.

The quenelle, which has been popularised in France by controversial comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala, has been described as an inverted Nazi salute.

M’bala M’bala has been banned from entry to the UK for his anti-Semitic comments.

Ivory Coast international Sagbo, who was born in France, was initially fined £15,000 and ordered to go on an educational course after he posted a picture of Anelka’s gesture, along with the word “legend”.

However, the FA have now decided that the original punishment was too lenient.

Sagbo, 25, must serve a two-game ban and he has no right of appeal.

West Brom sacked Anelka in March. The 35-year-old is currently unattached.

Sagbo, who has three years left to run on his current contract, has scored two goals in 28 Premier League appearances.

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