Belgium player banned 10 matches for quenelle
UEFA imposes 10-match ban on Belgium player for quenelle gesture at futsal Euro tournament
Associated Press
2014-03-04 11:01 PM

NYON, Switzerland (AP) -- UEFA has banned a Belgium player for 10 matches for making the "quenelle" gesture at a futsal European Championship match.

UEFA says Omar Rahou made the discriminatory gesture several times while celebrating a goal against Romania at Antwerp in January.

The sanction is double the five-match sanction Nicolas Anelka received from an English Football Association tribunal last week for the same act.

The FA is considering appealing to seek a tougher sanction against Anelka, who performed the quenelle after scoring for West Bromwich Albion in a Premier League match in December.

The quenelle has been described as an "inverted Nazi salute."

UEFA says Rahou can appeal the sanction.

UEFA disciplinary rules require a minimum 10-match sanction for racist abuse at its matches.

FIFA rules call for minimum five-match suspensions.

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