Chelsea boss Ancelotti defends Anelka after France ban

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has jumped to the defence of Nicolas Anelka after his France ban this week.

Chelsea boss Carlo Ancelotti has jumped to the defence of Nicolas Anelka after his France ban this week.

Ancelotti believes the French Football Federation went over the top in banning Nicolas Anelka for 18 matches.

Ancelotti insisted Anelka did not deserve such a punishment and he said: "I think it was unfair for him - 18 games is too much.

"I don't know what happened there but Anelka is an honest man and he didn't deserve the decision.

"It is good news for myself because he can stay here to train during the international break, he can maintain a good condition.

"But for him it is not good news because every player wants to play in the national team.

"But Anelka has reacted very well. He has taken it with good spirit."

 
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