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Nicolas Anelka Given 18 Match Ban for His Part in France World Cup Debacle

Stamford Bridge striker handed hefty suspension.

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French soccer player Nicolas Anelka waits in line to check-in his luggage as he board a flight to London at the international airport in Cape Town, June 20, 2010. Anelka departed the World Cup in disgrace on Saturday after insulting France coach Raymond Domenech and refusing to apologize. REUTERS/Carlos Barria (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

Nicolas Anelka has been banned for 18 matches by the French Football Federation (FFF) over his conduct at this summer’s World Cup.
Anelka was sent home from South Africa after a row with coach Raymond Domenech and, in protest, the France team boycotted a training session.
Patrice Evra was captain of the team and has been banned for five matches for his part in the revolt.
Franck Ribery has been suspended for three and Jeremy Toulalan for one. (BBC Sport)

Well it appears that the FFF were in no mood to sugar coat the goings on in South Africa and have handed pretty hefty punishments to those involved in the debacle during the World Cup. One wonders if these bans will be reduced on appeal.

Nicolas Anelka may decide to retire from the international stage as a result of his massive suspension as he is unlikely to take such a punishment lying down. At 31 and facing at least a year or two out with such a ban, perhaps it would be inevitable if the Chelsea man decided to quit playing for France.

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