West Bromwich Albion suspend Nicolas Anelka
West Bromwich Albion have suspended striker Nicolas Anelka after he was banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for his “quenelle” gesture.
He has also been ordered to complete a compulsory education course, following a two-day Football Association hearing.
Anelka, 34, denied his use of the sign during a draw with West Ham on 28 December and described as an “inverted Nazi salute”, was antisemitic.
West Brom have suspended him until the outcome of any appeal and club inquiry.
Anelka is considering whether to appeal against The FA’s ruling; if he does, his five-match ban and fine would be put on hold pending the outcome.
The Frenchman and his legal team had defended his actions to The FA’s independent regulatory commission hearing, saying the controversial gesture was in support of his friend, the French comedian Dieudonne M’bala M’bala – the person who first brought the quenelle to prominence.
From BBC Sport