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Anelka: I quit with immediate effect

Nicolas Anelka announced last night that he has kicked his last ball for West Brom and left the club. Anelka's decision, made public on his Twitter account, comes a day after it was confirmed that neither he nor the Football Association would contest the decision that he will serve a five-match suspension over the infamous 'quenelle' pose he struck when celebrating a goal against West Ham on December 28.

But while the former France striker has decided to "put an end" to his deal, Allbion issued a statement themselves stressing they have yet to receive any formal notification of Anelka's intentions.

West Brom also said they regard Anelka's releasing of his comments on Twitter as "highly unprofessional". He has a deal at the Hawthorns that expires in the summer.

Over the course of three posts on Twitter, Anelka (right) said: "Following talks between the club and me, propositions were made to me in order to reintegrate me into the squad under certain conditions that I cannot accept.

"Wishing to retain my integrity, I have therefore taken the decision to free myself and put an end to the contract linking me with West Bromwich Albion to 2014, with immediate effect."

West Brom's reaction suggested Anelka's revelation had caught them by surprise.

They stated: "The club confirms it has been continuing discussions with Nicolas Anelka and his advisers as part of its own internal enquiry into the gesture he made after scoring against West Ham United on December 28.

"Following the conclusion of the FA's enquiry into the same incident, the club had hoped to conclude its own investigations next week.

"The club notes Nicolas Anelka's comments on Twitter this evening (Friday). However, the club has received nothing formally regarding the termination of Nicolas Anelka's contract from either him or his advisers.

"The club regards the release of such a statement on social media as highly unprofessional."


Celtic's hat-trick hero Kris Commons admitted it needed a half-time telling-off from manager Neil Lennon to get the players going as they wrapped up a 3-0 win over Kilmarnock last night.

The Hoops were kept at bay in a frustrating first half but finally found some rhythm after the break as Commons' goals set them on their way to a win which lifts them 24 points clear at the top of the Scottish Premiership. And it took some stern words from Lennon to achieve that result, according to the goalscorer.

"We were told to up the tempo," Commons said. "I think we got in good areas with good possession, but it kept breaking down and the front three weren't quite clicking first half.

"But we had a bit of a kick up the backside and we soon got into our flow, tired them out. "

Newcastle skipper Fabricio Coloccini insists manager Alan Pardew has the full support of his players as he prepares for his enforced exile. The 52-year-old boss will begin this three-match stadium ban as the Magpies head for Fulham in the Premier League today, and will subsequently spend four matches watching from the stands as part of his punishment for headbutting Hull midfielder David Meyler.

However, while the contrite Newcastle manager readies himself to deal with the consequences of his actions, Coloccini has confirmed that he has the backing of the dressing room.

The 32-year-old Argentina international said: "Of course we are behind him. He's the manager and he is like our team-mate. The players and the club support him. He knows what he did. It's finished. All of us can do something wrong. "