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Nicolas Anelka announces he has left West Brom

Nicolas Anelka, who was recently given a five-match ban for using the controversial 'quenelle' gesture, has announced that he has left West Bromwich Albion with immediate effect.

The French striker tweeted his decision, writing in French: "Following discussions between the club and me, proposals have been made to me that I rejoined the group under certain conditions that I can not accept.

"Wishing to keep my integrity, I decided to terminate the contract binding me with West Bromwich Albion until 2014, with immediate effect," the statement concluded.

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Suite aux entretiens entre le club et moi, des propositions m'ont été faîtes pour que je réintègre le groupe sous certaines conditions

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que je ne peux pas accepter. Souhaitant garder mon intégrité, j'ai donc pris la décision de me libérer et de mettre fin au contrat

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me liant avec West Bromwich Albion jusqu'en 2014, et ce dès à présent.

Read: Anelka given ban and fine for 'quenelle' gesture

FA will not appeal Nicolas Anelka's five match ban

Anelka was banned for five matches for his use of the "quenelle" gesture
Anelka was banned for five matches for his use of the "quenelle" gesture Credit: PA Wire

The FA has confirmed it will not appeal West Bromwich Albion striker Nicolas Anelka's five match ban for his "quenelle" gesture.

Anelka made the sign, which some believe is anti-Semitic, during the 3-3 draw with West Ham in December.

The French striker denied his use of the sign was anti-Semitic and the commission's three-member panel agreed with him.

But the commission did rule that charges of Anelka using an abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper gesture, and that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief were proven.

The Frenchman was also fined £80,000 and ordered to complete a compulsory education course.

The FA says:

"The FA pressed the Commission at the original hearing to impose a suspension of greater than five matches.

"We do not consider there is a real prospect of successfully appealing to extend the sanction imposed."

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West Brom Captain out for five to six weeks

West Brom captain Chris Brunt has been ruled out for five to six weeks with a knee injury Credit: Nick Potts/PA Wire/Press Association Images

West Brom captain Chris Brunt has been ruled out for five to six weeks with a knee injury, the club have announced.

The club say the 29-year-old midfielder has medial ligament damage that will rule him out for at least a month after Saturday's 3-0 defeat to Manchester United at the Hawthorns.

West Brom suspends Nicolas Anelka following FA ban

Nicolas Anelka used the gesture during a 3-3 draw with West Ham
Nicolas Anelka used the gesture during a 3-3 draw with West Ham Credit: PA Wire

West Bromwich Albion say they have suspended Nicolas Anelka following the FA's decision to ban him for five matches and fine him £80,000 for the use of the controversial 'quenelle' gesture.

In a statement, the club said:

"WBA treats very seriously any allegation which includes any reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion and/or belief. Upon both charges being proven the Club has suspended Nicolas Anelka pending the conclusion of the FA’s disciplinary process and the Club’s own internal investigation.

"The Club acknowledges that the FA panel ‘did not find that Nicolas Anelka is an anti-Semite or that he intended to express or promote anti-Semitism by his use of the quenelle’. However, the Club cannot ignore the offence that his actions have caused, particularly to the Jewish community."

Anelka still has the right to appeal the decision.

"A welcome outcome": Anelka's match ban and fine

Vivian Wineman, the President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews, describes this as "highly offensive to Jews and right-minded members of the public."

Simon Johnson, a former FA executive who is now chief executive of the Jewish Leadership Council, added:

The conviction of Nicolas Anelka is a welcome outcome. It demonstrates that the FA's processes are robust enough to deal with the most pernicious of racism cases.

– Simon Johnson, Jewish Leadership Council

WBA Supporters' Club reaction to Anelka fine and ban

Alan Cleverley Credit: ITV News Central

The West Bromwich Albion Supporters' Club Chairman Alan Cleverley has reacted to the news of Anelka's fine and five match ban.

He's said if he's been found guilty then he deserves the punishment he's got, as he must have understood what the gesture meant.

Mr Cleverley said because his performances haven't been that good, apart from the West Ham game, his impact has been very little and so they wouldn't miss him if he did go.

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Nicolas Anelka banned for five matches and fined for 'quenelle' celebration

Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for this gesture
Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for this gesture Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka has been banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for his 'quenelle' celebration.

The French striker made the gesture during West Brom's 3-3 Premier League draw with West Ham on 28 December 2013.

He will also be ordered to complete a compulsory education course, the Football Association said.

Anelka has the right to appeal the decision but must notify The FA within seven days of receipt of their written reasons for the decision.

What is the Quenelle gesture?

Albion's coaching staff and players all working towards the "common goal" of staying in the Premier League

Following widespread media speculation over the past two days, West Bromwich Albion's sporting and technical director Richard Garlick has issued the following statement:

“At present, we are going through a period of transition, which is natural following the appointment of a new Head Coach.

“There is also a lot of frustration at our league position and run of form. I would be more concerned if there wasn’t.

“Various meetings have been held within the football department over the past few days to discuss our current situation and what needs to be done to improve results in our final 11 games.

– Richard Garlick, Sporting and technical director

“The discussions have proved constructive. There has been a lot of soul searching and it is clear everyone has a real hunger and desire to keep the Club in the Premier League.

“Pepe, the coaching staff and players will now do everything in their power to achieve this common goal.”

– Richard Garlick, Sporting and technical director

Anelka hearing into 'quenelle' gesture charge to start

Nicolas Anelka's disciplinary hearing into his 'quenelle' salute will begin today.

A three-man independent regulatory commission will hear the case which is expected to be completed by the end of the week.

Nicolas Anelka faces the prospect of a minimum five-match ban. Credit: PA Wire

The 34-year-old striker was charged by the Football Association after performing the gesture during West Brom's match against West Ham on December 28, but he has consistently denied suggestions the salute was anti-Semitic and requested a personal hearing.

The French striker faces a minimum five-match ban under the FA's new anti-discrimination rules if found guilty.

Read: Nicolas Anelka asks FA to lift 'quenelle' charge

Markus Rosenberg: Former West Brom player leaves entire contents of Midlands home to charity

Markus Rosenberg failed to score during his time at West Brom
Markus Rosenberg failed to score during his time at West Brom Credit: PA

Former West Brom striker Markus Rosenberg has left the entire contents of his Solihull home to charity.

The Swedish player had his contract cancelled by mutual consent at the start of February.

Before leaving, he donated everything inside his house to the Sue Ryder care centre.

It took six hours for the charity to clear his furniture, kitchen plates, cutlery and utensils.

The organisation is expected to raise several thousand pounds from the items.

Karen Rogers, Sue Ryder's regional retail manager said:

"Support like this is amazing, and helps Sue Ryder provide incredible care to over 16,000 people living with life-changing illness across the UK.

"Just one bag of unwanted clothes could help us provide four hours of incredible hospice and neurological care to people with life-changing illness across the UK.

"With help like this we can continue to support people with the care they need and deserve, so thank you to Markus for supporting us."

Rosenberg was less generous with his goals for the Baggies, failing to score in his 33 appearances.

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