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Football: West Brom sacks Anelka after he quits

Published on Mar 15, 2014 8:16 AM
 
West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England on Jan 20, 2014. West Bromwich Albion announced on Friday that it had sacked banned French striker Nicolas Anelka for "gross misconduct", just hours after he announced on Twitter he was leaving. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - West Bromwich Albion announced on Friday that it had sacked banned French striker Nicolas Anelka for "gross misconduct", just hours after he announced on Twitter he was leaving.

Anelka, who turned 35 on Friday, was due to start a five-match ban after being punished for his controversial "quenelle" goal celebration at West Brom's 3-3 draw at West Ham on December 28.

Instead he announced he was terminating his contract with the Premier League club, a move it denounced as "invalid" - before formally sacking him with 14 days notice.

"Following discussions between the club and me, proposals have been made to me that I rejoined the group under certain conditions," Anelka wrote on his official Twitter account.

 
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