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  • Nicolas Anelka says he is "laughing" after being banned for 18 games by the French Football Federation (FFF) over his conduct at this summer's World Cup.

    The 31-year-old Chelsea striker was sent home from South Africa after a row with coach Raymond Domenech.

    "This whole thing is a nonsense, to turn the page because [new coach] Laurent Blanc needs to be able to work in peace," Anelka told France Soir.

    "These people are clowns. I'm dying with laughter," he added.

    Anelka said the suspension "has no relevance whatsoever" because as far as he is concerned, his international career finished when he was thrown out of training on 19 June.