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Jun 12, 2014

Tweet lands Sagbo two-game ban

Yannick Sagbo will miss the first two games of the 2014-15 season.

Hull City striker Yannick Sagbo has been banned for two matches after posting a tweet supporting Nicolas Anelka's use of the "quenelle" gesture.

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Sagbo admitted the offence and was originally handed a 15,000-pound fine, warned as to his future conduct and ordered to complete a compulsory education course.

But the Football Association appealed against the sanction on the grounds it was "so unduly lenient as to be unreasonable."

An appeal board upheld the challenge and Sagbo will now miss Hull's first two games of the new season.

A statement on the FA's official website read: "At a hearing, an independent appeal board upheld the FA's appeal against the original sanction imposed and ordered that Sagbo be suspended for Hull City's first two competitive first-team matches of the 2014-15 season in addition to the 15,000-pound fine and attendance at an education programme.

"This decision is final and binding and there is no right of further challenge."

Anelka performed the controversial gesture after scoring for West Brom against West Ham in December.

In February, the striker was banned for five matches and fined 80,000 pounds. He then declared that he was quitting the Baggies, who sacked him for gross misconduct.

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