By Chris Wright
Chelsea striker Nicolas Anelka grabbed a brace of first-half goals in their routine 4-1 win over Slovakian side MSK Zilina in the Champions League last night, and celebrated the latter with a thinly-veiled ‘handcuffs’ jibe at the French Football Federation.
It seemed fairly obvious to me at the time, but apparently there was an air of mystery surrounding the cryptic gesture that Anelka has seen fit to clear up;
“It was just something for the French Federation about what happened at the World Cup. What happened in summer is in the past, now I’m 100% focused for Chelsea. I will never play for France again. It was just a joke about what happened. I’m not angry.”
Anelka was banned for 18 games by the FFF for his part in Les Bleu‘s World Cup meltdown this summer, but retired from international football before the verdict was officially passed.