Mar 16, 2014, 9:22 AM EST
With Nicolas Anelka‘s West Brom career coming to a sudden close, his battle with English soccer isn’t over yet.
The Football Association, the English governing body, is hoping that he will serve his ban no matter where he ends up next.
The 35-year-old was slapped with a five-match ban following an in-depth investigation into his “quenelle” goal celebration on December 28.
Anelka and West Brom both played the “you’re fired/no I quit” game just two days ago in a feisty end to their relationship, but Anelka is still technically tied to the Baggies until the transfer window.
With the likelihood that Anelka will find a new employer outside of English soccer, the FA is reportedly expected to ask FIFA to extend their five-match ban to the entirety of worldwide soccer, along with the accompanying fine and education requirements.
West Brom take on Swansea next weekend, but with Anelka’s contract terminated his five-match ban at the moment would not begin until he is under contract with a new English club.
However, if FIFA accept the FA’s appeal, the ban would be extended to any new contract Anelka signs across the board.
According to BT Sport, the worldwide body is expected to accept, however if they do not the FA could withhold Anelka’s registration, preventing him from transferring abroad.
Dec 22, 2014, 8:06 PM EST
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Dec 22, 2014, 7:37 PM EST
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Dec 22, 2014, 6:39 PM EST
Freddy Adu has been released. Again. He is free to sign with any club in the world. Again.
Dec 22, 2014, 5:56 PM EST
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Dec 22, 2014, 5:34 PM EST
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Dec 22, 2014, 5:12 PM EST
Another professional performance from Jose Mourinho’s men has Chelsea back atop the Premier League.
Dec 22, 2014, 3:28 PM EST
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Dec 22, 2014, 2:26 PM EST
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Dec 22, 2014, 1:47 PM EST
Cristiano Ronaldo and Co. are the top dogs in European soccer after a stellar 2014. But who else is in the top 20?
Dec 22, 2014, 1:00 PM EST
Head butts, highlights and heroism from a memorable year of Premier League.
Dec 22, 2014, 12:10 PM EST
All the details here, as 30 PL games in seven days will be capped off in style to see in the New Year.
Dec 22, 2014, 11:58 AM EST
Can Cameron’s Stoke City beat Chelsea for the second-straight season? Watch live on NBCSN, 3 p.m. ET.
Dec 22, 2014, 11:04 AM EST
After surgery and chemotherapy, Jonas made his return for Newcastle on Monday.
Dec 22, 2014, 10:11 AM EST
Rodgers confident his side can go on a run and re-write the PL history books.
Dec 22, 2014, 8:30 AM EST
No need for a Latvian passport, as Yedlin is granted UK work permit.
Dec 22, 2014, 7:55 AM EST
Geoff on how to stop Chelsea, marking Hazard and the busy festive period in the Premier League.
Dec 21, 2014, 11:59 PM EST
Antoine Griezmann breaks out with three goals in Atletico’s 4-1 result over Athletic Bilbao.
A day of Ronaldo: Real Madrid star erects statue of himself, thinks Real can win Champions League again
Dec 21, 2014, 10:21 PM EST
Cristiano Ronaldo has made headlines twice today, for erecting a statue of himself and claiming Real Madrid could repeat in the Champions League.
Dec 21, 2014, 9:07 PM EST
The sky continues to fall in Dortmund.
Dec 21, 2014, 8:17 PM EST
Tim Howard converses about his recently released autobiography, “The Keeper.”
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