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FA asks for FIFA to ban ex-Chelsea, Arsenal ace Anelka

The Football Association has implored FIFA to place a worldwide ban on Nicolas Anelka.

The French striker was banned for five matches and fined £80,000 for making a gesture known as the 'quenelle' when playing for West Bromwich Albion in late December.

Anelka posted on Twitter on Friday that he was set to quit Albion before the club responded, suggesting that the termination of his contract was 'invalid as it was not conducted under the correct legal process'.

The Baggies then announced that they had sacked the former Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester City attacker, giving him 14 days' notice, and are also hoping he is given a worldwide ban by the sport's governing body.

"We can confirm that the FA has contacted FIFA today on the matter you refer to and requested the extension of the imposed sanction to have worldwide effect," a FIFA spokesperson told Sky Sports News.

"We are currently analysing the information and documentation at our disposal. Please understand we are not in a position to comment further."

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