Chelsea ace Anelka: French Federation bunch of clowns!

Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka has mocked the French Football Federation after they gave him an 18-match ban for his role in the country's World Cup meltdown.

For 31-year-old Anelka the punishment will almost certainly mean he finishes his international career on 69 caps.

The former Liverpool and Real Madrid striker appeared unconcerned and reserved his ire for the disciplinary commission of the FFF.

He told France-Soir: "For me, this whole commission thing is a nonsense, a charade not to lose face.

"The so-called punishment has no relevance whatsoever because, for me, the French national team was an issue which ended on June 19 when I was kicked out of the training centre at Knysna.

"This is just to entertain the public, to turn the page because Laurent Blanc needs to be able to work in peace.

"These people are clowns. I am dying with laughter."