30 year-old Cameroon defender found guilty for over an offensive comment he posted last year concerning a Nicholas Anelka gesture
Tottenham Hotspur defender Benoit Assou-Ekotto has earned himself a three match ban for improper conduct last season
Last year, Ekotto posted on twitter after an incident involving West Brom striker Nicholas Anelka, which inspired the quenelle gesture
The FA found Ekotto’s tweet to be ''abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper, according to the FA, that included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.’’
An FA official Peter Griffiths read out the decision: “Even though we have found that there was an aggravated breach of FA [rules] we are satisfied that when the player sent the tweet on 28 December 2013 congratulating Anelka, in his mind he believed he was congratulating Anelka on what he perceived to be an anti-establishment gesture as opposed to one associated with antisemitism.
But we are also satisfied of two further factors relevant to his culpability:
That he was certainly aware before he sent the tweet that the quenelle gesture was very much associated with Dieudonne; and
That he had, by then, acquired at least some knowledge of the controversies surrounding Dieudonne in the autumn of 2013 and that these had included, rightly or wrongly, allegations concerning antisemitism
Anelka could not be punished since he was sacked by West Brom last year and is now in the Indian Super League
For the offense, Ekotto is fined N13m (£50,000) and would miss three matches.