Arsenal defender William Saliba handed suspension over X-rated video footage

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William Saliba has been handed a one-month suspension from the French Football Federation after an explicit video was leaked from his social media. Saliba is looking to rebuild his career back in Ligue 1, after enduring a frustrating start to life at Arsenal.

The French defender signed a permanent deal with the Gunners back in 2019, before being sent back to St Etienne on loan.

After returning last summer, the 20-year-old will have hoped to have broken into Mikel Arteta’s first-team squad.

Arteta decided that due to injuries and the coronavirus pandemic however, that Saliba was not ready for the Premier League.

Therefore, in January, he allowed the central defender to return to France, signing for top-flight outfit OGC Nice.

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In total, he has played 17 times for Nice and has only missed out on two matches since his loan move.

However, earlier this year, he made headlines for the wrong reasons when an old video he had recorded subsequently went viral.

The video, which is believed to be around three years old, showed an X-rated image of a teammate in the dressing room.

Both are wearing France national team tracksuits, with RMC reporting the two were away on international duty with the youth teams.

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Saliba did not broadcast the video himself, only for the footage to be made public by those who had access to the images.

After a disciplinary hearing, Saliba was given a one-month suspended sentence, meaning he will not miss any playing time, unless he is found guilty of another transgression.

They concluded their investigation into the video and believed it to be ‘harmful to the image of the federation and football as a whole.’

The player in the video, reported to be Brighton’s Ulrick Eneme Ella has been handed a three-month suspension, one of which is suspended.

The ban only applies to international football, meaning the two can continue to play for their respective club sides throughout.

Earlier this year, after the footage went viral across social, his current manager was asked about the incident, only for him to give it very short shrift.

“Take it out of the trash of the networks,” Nice boss Adrian Ursea told reporters. “Honestly, I do not give importance to that.

“Especially since it is a video that dates from three years ago, with the age they were.

“Our position is to let it go,” he continued. “Personally, that does not affect me at all.

“I’m not here to talk about that, but about the match and this great victory.”

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