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Soccer-West Brom's Anelka banned for five games over gesture


LONDON, Feb 27 (Reuters) - West Bromwich Albion's French striker Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five games for an offensive gesture in a Premier League game against West Ham United in December, the Football Association said on Thursday.

The FA said Anelka had also been fined 80,000 pounds ($133,400). The penalty is suspended until the outcome of any appeal which must be made within seven days. ($1 = 0.5998 British pounds) (Reporting by Martyn Herman; editing by Robert Woodward)

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