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West Brom fans won't shed tear for Anelka

Nicolas Anelka (pictured) "will not be missed" if he does not play for West Brom again, according to the Baggies' official supporters club.

The English Football Association banned Anelka for five matches on Thursday and fined him £80,000 for his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration.

The commission ruled that Anelka was not an anti-Semite, but Alan Cleverley, secretary of the official West Brom supporters' club, thinks the punishment was just and he believes the striker has played his last game for the Baggies.

"I would be very surprised if he played again," Cleverley said.

"There are 11 games to go and he will miss a minimum of five, so it would be a surprise. I think he got what he deserved."

Anelka will have seven days to decide whether to appeal once he receives the full written reasons behind the decision from the FA.

It appears that few tears would be shed among the Albion faithful if Anelka doesn't play for them again. "He wouldn't be missed," Cleverley added.