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FA to request Nicolas Anelka 'ban transfer'

The Football Association will seek to ensure Nicolas Anelka serves his 'quenelle' suspension wherever he goes next.

Nicolas Anelka Credit: PA

The 35-year-old former French international was given a five-match ban and fined £80,000 by the FA for the 'quenelle' gesture he made during his side's match against West Ham in December.

Read: Anelka given five-match ban and fine for quenelle gesture

The FA will write to world governing body FIFA on Monday to ask that the five-match ban it imposed for the gesture is served by Anelka at whichever club he may choose to go to next, according to the Press Association.

The FA will also request that the punishment only be considered complete once the player has paid the £80,000 fine issued alongside the ban, and once he has completed an education course.

Read: WBA give Nicolas Anelka notice of contract 'termination'

WBA: Nicolas Anelka's Twitter termination was 'invalid'

West Bromwich Albion have said that it "notes Nicolas Anelka is unwilling to agree to the conditions set by it which may have enabled his suspension to be lifted and for him to resume training".

These conditions were, firstly, that the Club required Nicolas Anelka to apologise to it, its supporters, sponsors and the wider community for the impact and consequences of his gesture made on December 28 and secondly, that he accept a substantial fine.

Nicolas Anelka’s purported termination of his Premier League contract this evening via Social Media was invalid as this was not conducted under the correct legal process as required by his contract.

– WBA statement

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WBA give Anelka notice of contract 'termination'

West Bromwich Albion have written to Nicolas Anelka giving him "14 days’ notice of termination as required under his contract".

Nicolas Anelka Credit: PA Wire

A statement issued by the club said: "The Club considers the conduct of Nicolas Anelka on December 28, coupled with his purported termination on Social Media this evening, to be gross misconduct."

Read: Nicolas Anelka announces West Brom exit after ban

WBA: Nicolas Anelka yet to formally terminate contract

West Bromwich Albion say have not received formal confirmation that Nicolas Anelka has cancelled his contract as they criticised the French striker's claims on Twitter as "highly unprofessional".

Anelka claimed he had left the club to "keep my integrity" on the social network site earlier this evening.

Nicolas Anelka was heavily criticised after making the 'quenelle' gesture against West Ham in December. Credit: PA Wire

The Midlands club confirmed that it had been in discussions with the 35-year-old as part of its internal enquiry into the 'quenelle' incident and had hoped to conclude its own investigations next week.

"The Club notes Nicolas Anelka’s comments on Twitter this evening (Friday). However, the club has received nothing formally regarding the termination of Nicolas Anelka’s contract from either him or his advisers," the statement said.

"The Club regards the release of such a statement on social media as highly unprofessional and will make a further statement when appropriate."

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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

Anelka starts for WBA after sponsor announcement

Nicolas Anelka will start for West Brom tonight in their Premier League game against Everton.

Earlier, the club's current sponsors Zoopla announced that it would end the deal at the end of the season in the wake of Anelka's controversial 'quenelle' gesture.

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Albion team v @everton: Foster, Reid, Lugano, Olsson, Ridgewell, Brunt (c), Morrison, Yacob, Gera, Vydra, Anelka.

Read: Zoopla 're-evaluated' West Brom deal after controversy

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WBA: Zoopla deal already due to expire in summer

West Bromwich Albion have revealed their sponsorship deal with Zoopla was already due to expire in the summer, after the online property firm announced that it would be ending the deal following Nicolas Anelka's controversial goal celebration.

The firm, which are owned by a Jewish businessman, were reportedly unhappy at West Brom's decision to continue to play the French striker despite the controversy over the 'quenelle' gesture which is widely viewed as anti-Semitic.

Nicolas Anelka was heavily criticised after making the 'quenelle' gesture against West Ham in December. Credit: PA Wire

"West Bromwich Albion has been fully aware since the sponsorship agreement came into force in June 2012 that its partnership with Zoopla could expire this summer and therefore has been planning accordingly," a club statement read.

"Zoopla has today informed the Club in writing that it does not wish to extend its sponsorship deal. The Club will now actively seek a new Official Sponsor for next season."

Anelka is due to play for West Brom in their Premier League game against Everton tonight.

Read: Zoopla 're-evaluated' West Brom deal after controversy

West Brom sponsor co-owned by Jewish businessman

West Brom sponsor Zoopla, who have announced that it will end its shirt deal with the club at the end of the season following Nicolas Anelka's controversial gesture, is co-owned by a Jewish businessman.

The online property firm, which is co-owned by Jewish businessman Alex Chesterman, was reportedly unhappy at West Brom's decision to continue to play Anelka despite the furore over the celebration.

West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka caused controversy following the celebration. Credit: PA Wire

The French striker made the controversial 'quenelle' gesture during Albion's 3-3 draw with West Ham United on December 28.

The gesture, which involves pointing one straightened arm downward whilst touching that arm's shoulder with the opposite hand, has been condemned by Jewish groups as a "Nazi salute in reverse."

The Football Association are continuing to investigate the incident.

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Zoopla 're-evaluated' West Brom deal after controversy

Property website Zoopla has decided to end its sponsorship of West Bromwich Albion at the end of the current season after French striker Nicolas Anelka made a controversial gesture against West Ham United.

Zoopla said it had been reviewing its position as the principal sponsor of the Premier League side since the incident during a Premier League game in December.

French striker Nicolas Anelka made a controversial gesture against West Ham United. Credit: PA Wire

Anelka sparked controversy when he made a gesture which is widely associated with anti-semitism in France whilst celebrating his goal during the 3-3 draw.

"Through our sponsorship of West Bromwich Albion we are pleased to have supported the local community and charities," Head of Communications for Zoopla, Lawrence Hall said.

"In recent weeks, however, we have decided to re-evaluate this sponsorship and as a result we will focus our attention on other marketing activities from the end of the season.”

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