Albion fans group blasts banned Anelka

Last Updated: Fri, 28 Feb 2014 16:28
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West Brom's official supporters club say banned striker Nicolas Anelka "will not be missed" amid claims he could now quit the Baggies.

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

Albion then followed suit by suspending the Frenchman and it has been claimed the striker is now considering his future.

The former Arsenal, PSG and Real Madrid star does not appear to have much support from the club's fans as Alan Cleverley, secretary of the official West Brom supporters' club, said he believes the punishment was just and would be surprised if he turns out for the club again.

"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."

Cleverley added: "He wouldn't be missed. It might be for the best if he didn't play again. It has caused the club a few problems. I am quite happy if he doesn't play again and most fans think the same. Let's move on.

"Most supporters think he would not be up to the battle. He has not shown that much this season in the games that he has played. He has only scored two goals and both of those came in (the West Ham) match.

"You would hardly call him a raving success. It was interesting to watch him play sometimes, but in a relegation battle you have to dig in deep, get stuck in and I am not sure he is the right player for that."

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