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Mar 15, 2014

Soccer-West Brom sack Anelka for gross misconduct

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – West Bromwich Albion have given French striker Nicolas Anelka notice they are terminating his contract for gross misconduct, the Premier League club said in a statement on Friday.

Anelka, who was given a five-match ban by the FA following his controversial ‘quenelle’ salute during a match on Dec. 28, had earlier said on Twitter he was quitting the Midlands team.

Mar 14, 2014

Confusion over banned Anelka’s West Brom future

LONDON (Reuters) – Confusion surrounded Nicolas Anelka’s future at West Bromwich Albion on Friday after the club said they had received no official notification of his intention to end his contract with the Premier League strugglers.

Earlier in the day the former France striker, given a five-match ban by the FA following his controversial ‘quenelle’ salute in December, said that he was quitting West Brom.

Mar 14, 2014

Soccer-Confusion over banned Anelka’s West Brom future

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – Confusion surrounded Nicolas Anelka’s future at West Bromwich Albion on Friday after the club said they had received no official notification of his intention to end his contract with the Premier League strugglers.

Earlier in the day the former France striker, given a five-match ban by the FA following his controversial ‘quenelle’ salute in December, said that he was quitting West Brom.

Mar 14, 2014

Banned Anelka terminates his contract with WBA

LONDON (Reuters) – Nicolas Anelka, who was given a five-match ban by the English FA following his controversial “quenelle” salute, said on his Twitter account on Friday that he was quitting Premier League club West Bromwich Albion.

“Following my talks with the club I’ve been told I could be back in the squad under certain conditions that I can’t agree,” the former France striker said in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter account, @anelkaofficiel.

Mar 14, 2014

Soccer-Banned Anelka terminates his contract with WBA

LONDON, March 14 (Reuters) – Nicolas Anelka, who was given a five-match ban by the English FA following his controversial “quenelle” salute, said on his Twitter account on Friday that he was quitting Premier League club West Bromwich Albion.

“Following my talks with the club I’ve been told I could be back in the squad under certain conditions that I can’t agree,” the former France striker said in a series of tweets on his verified Twitter account, @anelkaofficiel.

Mar 13, 2014

No margin for error for Spurs, Arsenal, United and Liverpool

LONDON (Reuters) – Two fiercely intense, always passionate, local rivalries with even more spice than usual take centre stage in the Premier League this weekend when Manchester United face Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur play Arsenal.

The teams occupy four of the top six positions in the table and none can afford to lose in their pursuit of either the title or a top-four finish and the prospect of Champions League football next season.

Mar 13, 2014

Soccer-No margin for error for Spurs, Arsenal, United and Liverpool

LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – Two fiercely intense, always passionate, local rivalries with even more spice than usual take centre stage in the Premier League this weekend when Manchester United face Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur play Arsenal.

The teams occupy four of the top six positions in the table and none can afford to lose in their pursuit of either the title or a top-four finish and the prospect of Champions League football next season.

Mar 12, 2014

Spurs manager Sherwood delivers stark warning to squad

LONDON (Reuters) – Tim Sherwood has warned his Tottenham Hotspur players they are playing for their futures at the London club following their capitulation in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Premier League leaders Chelsea.

After the match Sherwood spoke of his players being “too nice,” and lacking guts and commitment after they conceded four times in the last 30 minutes in a loss that harmed their chances of a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.

Mar 12, 2014

Soccer-Spurs manager Sherwood delivers stark warning to squad

LONDON, March 12 (Reuters) – Tim Sherwood has warned his Tottenham Hotspur players they are playing for their futures at the London club following their capitulation in Saturday’s 4-0 defeat at Premier League leaders Chelsea.

After the match Sherwood spoke of his players being “too nice,” and lacking guts and commitment after they conceded four times in the last 30 minutes in a loss that harmed their chances of a top-four finish and Champions League football next season.

Mar 10, 2014

Unlikely semi-finals help FA Cup regain some magic

LONDON (Reuters) – Hull City can win the FA Cup for the first time, Wigan Athletic can retain the trophy, Sheffield United can reach the final for the first time in 78 years while Arsenal can end a nine-year trophy drought.

As the Daily Mirror newspaper proclaimed on Monday: “The Cup has got its magic back”.