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FA seek to keep Anelka banned after West Brom sacking

SACKED: Anelka (PA)

NICOLAS ANELKA’S five match-ban should be enforced at the next club the striker plays for after being sacked by West Brom, according to the Football Association.

The 35-year-old forward had his contract at the West Midlands club terminated in bizarre circumstances after he announced on his Twitter account that he was leaving the Baggies.

But West Brom denied any procedure had been put in place and then decided to sack Anelka for his behaviour.

It all brings an end to the quenelle affair in which Anelka was charged for making the gesture while celebrating a goal in a 3-3 draw with West Ham last December.

The FA handed him a five-game suspension and £80,000 but their independent panel concluded that Anelka was not anti-Semitic when making the sign, despite some claiming it is an anti-Jewish gesture.

Anelka maintained his innocence throughout and claimed he made the quenelle as an act of support for his French comedian friend Dieudonne M’bala M’bala.

Now that Anelka has left West Brom, the FA want the next league he joins to enforce the match ban, and have asked Fifa to ensure it is upheld.

Anelka will have to wait until next season to play due to the transfer window now being closed.

West Brom sacked Anelka on Friday (Mar 14) for gross misconduct after the player claimed to have left the club because he could accept the conditions they had imposed on him following his FA charge.

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