Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches for his controversial 'quenelle' gesture.

Anelka has also been fined £80,000 and must pay the full cost of the hearing.

The West Brom striker, who has the right to appeal, has been found guilty by an independent FA of making a gesture that was 'abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper' after scoring against West Ham on December 28.

The FA stated: 'An independent regulatory commission has found an aggravated breach of FA rule E3 against Nicolas Anelka proven and has issued a five-match suspension and a fine of £80,000, pending appeal.'