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The striker was sacked on Friday for "gross misconduct" after accepting a five-game ban for his controversial quenelle celebration, which was deemed anti-Semitic

West Brom head coach Pepe Mel believes Nicolas Anelka's departure from The Hawthorns will benefit the club going forward.

Anelka was sacked by Albion on Friday for "gross misconduct" after it was confirmed the Frenchman would accept a five-match ban and a £80,000 fine for his controversial quenelle celebration, which was deemed anti-Semitic.

The 35-year-old initially claimed he had freed himself from his contract on social media site Twitter, though that was later contradicted by West Brom and Mel is keen to move on from the matter.

"My relationship with Nicolas Anelka was good and he helped me but I hope now the situation is resolved in the best way possible for all parties," he told reporters.

"The club needs all of its forces and energy to move forward. We are professionals and not keeping West Bromwich Albion up would be a failure for everyone."

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