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Futsal Player banned by UEFA for making same gesture as West Brom player Nicolas Anelka

 

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UEFA has given a 10-match ban to a Belgian futsal player who made a "quenelle" gesture during a game at the Futsal Euro 2014 tournament.

Omar Rahou was celebrating a goal during a group game in Uefa's Futsal Euro 2014 tournament in Antwerp when he made the gesture, the same gesture that saw Premier League star Nicolas Anelka banned for five games.

He received the ban for making the gesture during the 28 December draw with West Ham. Anelka argued that he made the gesture as a show of support for his friend, controversial French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala.

M'bala M'bala created the "quenelle" but both he and it have been linked with anti-Semitic tendencies.

European football's governing body Uefa - which also governs Futsal, a variant of the sport said in a statement: "The fight against racism and other discriminatory conducts is a high priority for Uefa."

"The European governing body has a zero-tolerance policy towards racism and discrimination on the pitch and in the stands."

"All forms of racist behaviour are considered serious offences against the disciplinary regulations and are punished with the most severe sanctions."

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