Mar 14, 2014, 8:35 PM EDT
He said he was quitting the Baggies earlier today, but Nicolas Anelka may need a lesson in how contracts work, as he’s been fired by West Brom for “gross misconduct.”
West Bromwich Albion had not heard from the “unprofessional” and out-of-favor striker aside when he posted earlier resignation statements today on Anelka’s Twitter (Or should we say Qwitter? I’ll see myself out, thanks). Now he’s been given his “two weeks notice.”
Anelka took to social media Friday to announce that he had terminated his contract to preserve his integrity. Some would argue he lost most of that during his long and awkward reactions to getting banned for a perceived anti-Semitic goal celebration against West Ham in December, but I digress.
Anelka Tweeted (translated from French):
“In order to preserve my integrity, I’ve terminated my contract with West Brom with immediate effect.”
“Following discussions between the club and myself, certain conditions have been set for me to rejoin the group, which I can’t accept.”
West Brom initially responded:
“The club regards the release of such a statement on social media as highly unprofessional and will make a further statement when appropriate.”
The club later released a statement saying they were giving Anelka his “14 days notice of termination as required by law.”
Gotta say: I understand it’s the Premier League and he’s a world-famous striker, but it’s pretty classless to not speak to your bosses first. It’s a larger scale version of a lazy teenager not showing up to work at the local burger joint and texting his friends to say he quit.
The Frenchman’s not exactly bathing himself in glory, but not sure what we should’ve expected from a man who thought an “inverted Nazi salute” was totally cool and then pretended he didn’t know it was offensive.
Sep 16, 2014, 3:08 PM EDT
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Sep 16, 2014, 2:40 PM EDT
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Sep 16, 2014, 1:55 PM EDT
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Sep 16, 2014, 1:29 PM EDT
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Sep 16, 2014, 12:56 PM EDT
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Sep 16, 2014, 12:17 PM EDT
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Sep 16, 2014, 11:20 AM EDT
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Sep 16, 2014, 10:30 AM EDT
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Sep 16, 2014, 9:36 AM EDT
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Sep 16, 2014, 8:48 AM EDT
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Sep 16, 2014, 7:22 AM EDT
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Sep 15, 2014, 11:48 PM EDT
It was a week so fertile for goals that one of the world’s biggest names couldn’t dent the strike force of the PL team of the week.
Sep 15, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT
No one’s doing it quite like this man right now, who again takes hold of player of the week honors in the Premier League.
Sep 15, 2014, 10:37 PM EDT
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Sep 15, 2014, 10:15 PM EDT
Costa Rica won the tournament for the eighth time, defeating Guatemala in the final.
Sep 15, 2014, 8:34 PM EDT
Newcastle United players and their manager have come under fire from ex-Liverpool back Jamie Carragher, who blasted the club on “Monday Night Football”
Sep 15, 2014, 7:45 PM EDT
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Sep 15, 2014, 6:55 PM EDT
The English FA asked FIFA to extend Anelka’s quenelle suspension beyond Britain’s borders.
Sep 15, 2014, 5:54 PM EDT
Oktoberfest begins Sept. 20, and 1860 Munich is going all-in when it comes to their away attire.
Sep 15, 2014, 4:53 PM EDT
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