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'Handcuffed' Anelka mocks French federation

After scoring one of his two goals in a 4-1 Chelsea defeat of MSK Zilina, striker Nicolas Anelka took a parting shot at the French soccer federation (FFF) by striking a pose with his wrists crossed as if he was handcuffed.

"It was just something for the French federation about what happened at the World Cup," said Anelka, who was suspended for 18 games by the FFF, of his celebration. "What happened in summer is in the past, now I'm 100 percent focused for Chelsea."

Anelka confirmed he will not play for France again following the team's rebellion and meltdown, of which he was at the center, in South Africa.

Chelsea coach Carlo Ancelotti said of the play of Anelka, who scored two goals and set up another: "The key was Anelka, he played a fantastic game. He created space, he had opportunities, he was the key for this game."

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