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Nicolas Anelka

35-Year-Old Forward     Free Agent  


France

STATUS:  Suspended    EST. RETURN:  Unknown
Birthdate:  March 14, 1979    Birthplace:  Versailles, France
Nationality:  France    Height:  6' 1"    Weight:  170 lbs    

April 16, 2014    Nicolas Anelka News

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Atletico Mineiro have scraped transfer plans to bring Anelka to the club after being unable to contact the player directly, reports Sky Sports.

Mineiro had agreed to a deal with Anelka's agent, but were unable to reach the player directly following that agreement. The club will make a formal complaint to FIFA following the fiasco.

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Nicolas Anelka: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

April 7, 2014

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Anelka has joined Atletico Mineiro after being dismissed by West Brom, reports Sky Sports.

Anelka and West Brom terminated their relationship last month after continued inquiry into a gesture made by the Frenchman, for which he was suspended for five matches.

March 18, 2014

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The FA confirmed that it asked FIFA to ban Anelka worldwide after the organization banned the striker for five matches and issued a fine for an offensive gesture, reports Sky Sports.

After the FA imposed its ban Anelka took to twitter to say that he was leaving West Brom. The club took steps to say the contract between the two had been terminated with 14 days notice, and that Anelka quitting was not valid because he didn't follow the correct legal process to end the contract.

March 15, 2014

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West Brom issued a statement late Friday announcing they have given Anelka "14 days' notice of terminated as required under his contract."

Anelka tweeted earlier in the day that he had terminated his contract with the club, with West Brom responding that they had received no formal request to do so. It appears both sides are ready to part, and Anelka will be free from his contract in two weeks. It is very possible that we've seen the last of him in the Premier League.

March 14, 2014

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West Brom issued a statement Friday saying they have received "nothing formally regarding the termination of Nicolas Anelka's contract frmo either him or his advisers."

Anelka tweeted Friday that he had terminated his contract with West Brom, which followed a tumultuous few months for the forward, who was thrown into controversy when he used the quenelle gesture in a game back in December. Anelka is currently suspended for the gesture, so his fantasy value remains very limited.

March 14, 2014

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Anelka has left West Brom by mutual consent, after the two sides agreed to void his contract Friday, the Daily Mirror reports.

Anelka has been in the middle of a negative controversy over his use of the quenelle gesture in a game back in December, and he is currently serving a five-match ban for it. It's unclear what his future holds, although it would be surprising if another Premier League club brought him on in this stage of his career.

February 27, 2014

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The FA has suspended Anelka (knee) for five games due to his use of the controversial quenelle gesture during a match against West Ham two months ago, ESPN FC reports.

Anelka was also fined 80,000 for the gesture, and has seven days to lodge an appeal. As a result, West Brom have also suspended Anelka pending an internal investigation. There is also a small possibility that they could release him, potentially ending his career.

February 25, 2014

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Anelka's (knee) hearing regarding his alleged use of an inappropriate gesture is expected to begin on Tuesday and be completed by the end of the week, reports Sky Sports.

The striker could get a five-match ban if he is found guilty of the offense, and will plead his case in the personal hearing. He also remains out of action with a cut to his knee, and isn't expected to return to action until March.