Panaji: The Football Association in England, which had imposed a five-match ban on Nicolas Anelka after he had made the controversial 'quenelle' gesture in December while playing for West Bromwich Albion in the English Premier League (EPL), has been reduced to three matches.
Mumbai City FC applied for Anelka's International Transfer Clearance (ITC) last week through Fifa's Transfer Matching system (TMS). The English FA cleared the transfer on condition that he serves a three-match ban instead of the five initially stipulated.
"We have received the ITC for the three-match ban. This is probably because he is now playing outside England," an official of the AIFF stated.