Feb. 28 – Nicolas Anelka’s controversial career in English football could be at an end after the West Bromwich Albion striker was banned for five games for his infamous “quenelle” gesture.
Dec. 30 – Future World Cup host city Volgograd, Russia has been hit by a pair of recent bombings … French footballer Nicolas Anelka has agreed to cease using an offensive salute.
24/12/10 A Nigerian telecommunications company is up-in-arms over its loss of sponsorship rights to the country’s top soccer league… France strikers Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka resolve World Cup-related bonuses dispute… Sponsorship steady amid Dutch decline… MLS Colorado Rapids eye shirt sponsor. INSIDER’s Matthew Grayson reports.
17/8/2010 Nicolas Anelka has been suspended for 18 games by the French Football Federation following his tirade of abuse at national coach Raymond Domenech during France’s World Cup campaign in June.
21/6/2010 The France squad resumed training today after their boycott in protest at the expulsion of Nicolas Anelka following his foul-mouthed outburst against coach Raymond Domenech… World Cup CEO Danny Jordaan holds private meeting with South African team… Thumbs up for World Cup pitches.