Futsal player handed 10-match ban for quenelle celebration

The same controversial gesture was made by West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka after scoring at West Ham United at the back end of 2013.

UEFA have reportedly given a 10-match ban to Belgian futsal player Omar Rahou for making the same quenelle celebration which saw Nicolas Anelka suspended for five games and indefinitely by his club West Bromwich Albion.

The European governing body sought to clamp down on the anti-semitic gesture by handing Rahou, who performed the quenelle numerous times when celebrating a goal at the Futsal Euro 2014 competition, a hefty suspension which will see him miss out on both international and club matches.

Anelka found himself in hot water after displaying the same celebration in a 3-3 draw at West Ham United over the festive period and was handed an £80,000 fine as well as a five-match suspension by the FA.

To compound his misery, the Frenchman was informed by the Baggies he is suspended while they conducted an internal investigation into the matter.

The former Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City striker, for his part, suggested the celebration did not have anti-semitic meaning, with the FA concluding there was no racial motivation behind it, and was merely in support of French comedian Dieudonne M'bala, who first brought the quenelle to prominence.

But now UEFA have got tough in their attempts to combat racism and discrimination in the game, having found Rahou in breach of article 14 of the UEFA disciplinary regulations.

Rahou made the gesture during a group stage match between Belgium and Romania on 28 January 2014 during a 6-1 win, but will now miss a host of matches for following Anelka's lead in promoting a sign with connotations of antisemitism.

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