Arsenal defender William Saliba is handed only a one-month suspended ban by the French FA over the Snapchat video he posted of a naked team-mate at Nice masturbating
Arsenal defender William Saliba has been handed a one-month suspended ban by the French Football Federation over a leaked Snapchat video featuring a naked team-mate masturbating.
The 20-year-old, currently on loan at Ligue 1 side Nice, had been subject to an investigation by a disciplinary committee.
The clip, believed to be three years old, resurfaced in February and shows the youngster smiling before panning the camera round to show a fellow player lying undressed next to him and watching a video.
Arsenal defender William Saliba has been handed a one-month suspended ban by the French Football Federation after a X-rated video emerged
The 20-year-old centre-back is currently out on loan at Ligue 1 club Nice from Arsenal
The X-rated video was shared on social media but, according to RMC Sport, Saliba won’t actually spend any time out as the one-month ban from selection from all age groups of the France national team has been suspended.
The centre-back can also continue playing for Nice, where he has played 17 games since arriving on loan at the start of January. It would only be activated if Saliba commits a further transgression.
Brighton player Ulrick Eneme Ella was also punished for his role in the video and handed a three-month ban, only one of which is suspended.
Saliba was left out of the Arsenal squads for this season and could only play for the under-23s
Arsenal left Saliba out of their Premier League and Europa League squads for the current season, something manager Mikel Arteta expressed regret about, and so he was only able to play for their under-23 side prior to the loan move.
That’s despite Saliba costing the Gunners around £27million when they signed him from Saint-Etienne on a five-year deal in July 2019.
Saliba took a dig at Arteta earlier this year for ‘judging his abilities on just two-and-a-half games’ when he arrived as the club’s manager.
He said: ‘It is clear that so much has changed in the last year.
Saliba took a swipe at Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta shortly after he joined Nice on loan
‘When I saw that the coach changed, a lot changed for me too. In this year there has been a lot of change. He judged me on two-and-a-half matches. I would have liked for him to play me more. But he told me I wasn’t ready.
‘I was waiting for him to give me a chance, but football is like that. When I initially came to Arsenal the league looked very good so I showed up to training and wanted to train on my own to show the coach I was ready.
‘I am happy now, I want to play for Nice. The idea when you’re part of a team is a better feeling for me.’