Nicolas Anelka has been fined £80,000 and suspended for five games by an independent panel after the striker was brought before them after doing an inverted Nazi salute during a game in December.
However, the panel noted that they did not believe Anelka intended 'to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle'.
Am I being naive?
I think it's a BS call to punish the guy and then say 'but he didn't mean it'.
If he didn't mean it, then the penalty is too harsh. Now - if he did intend to convey a message of hate, the punishment fits.
Football. It's a funny old game.
And its laws are even funnier.