The 34-year-old star has ben charged by the FA following his headline-hitting ‘quenelle’ gesture and could be hit by a massive ban.

If found guilty he faces a minimum five-game ban but it could be even double that if the FA decided to make an example of him.

Fed-up Anelka is said to be so incensed at the storm over his goal celebration that he could simply quit the game altogether.

West Brom and the player have been handed a 34-page document outlining the case against him.

That explains just why it has taken so long to get the case to this point.

Anelka whipped up a frenzy thre days after Christmas when he made the controversial gesture after scoing against West Ham.

He insists it was a show of support for close friend Dieudonne M’Bala M’Bala a well known French comedien.

But the FA have consulted a team of experts to deliberate on whether the gesture is anti-Semitic in that it is an inverted Nazi salute.

Anelka strenuously denies any allegation of anti-Semitism but has refused to apologise - and that could see him hit with a longer ban if found guilty.

The 34-year-old, who has cost almost £100m in transfer fees in a career that reads like a Who’s Who of world football is an extremely wealthy man.

Sources close to the club believe this could be the tipping point for him calling time on his glittering journey.

The unfashionable Hawthorns looks to be his last port of call anyway in a career that has taken in Real Madrid, Juventus, Liverpool, Arsenal, Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris St Germain.