WILLIAM SALIBA has been hit with a suspended one-month ban by the French FA for his role in an X-rated video scandal.
In February, a leaked Snapchat video resurfaced which showed the young Arsenal defender, 20, filming a team-mate masturbating in the dressing room.
The original clip is believed to have been from 2018 but only did the rounds on social media earlier this year.
Saliba has now been hit with a suspended one-month ban following a disciplinary hearing.
That means he will NOT miss any playing time for Nice – where he is currently on loan – or France unless he breaches any rules again, say RMC Sport.
Meanwhile, Brighton ace Ulrick Eneme Ella, 19, has been banned for three months for his role in the video.
In Ella's case, just ONE of those months has been suspended, meaning he will serve a two-month ban.
The forward – who has not yet played for Brighton since his 2020 move from Amiens – is permitted to play for his club.
But Ella will not be allowed to feature in any of France's youth or senior squads.
Saliba is under contract at Arsenal until 2024, but has yet to play a senior competitive game.
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The defender joined from Saint-Etienne in the summer of 2019 in a £27million move made by Unai Emery, before spending the season on loan at the French side.
After failing to impress Mikel Arteta on his return he was shipped off on loan again, this time to Nince.
Saliba has largely impressed during his time in France, playing 16 games for the first-team, including 15 Ligue 1 appearances.
But earlier this year, he vented his frustration at Arteta not giving him a shot in the first-team.
Saliba told RMC Sport: "[Arteta] 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."
It wasn't the first time Saliba had taken aim at Arteta since joining Nice either.
In January, he revealed he was left 'hurt' when he did not get a look in during the first six months of his life at the Emirates after returning from a loan at Saint-Etienne last season.
And Saliba also took to Instagram to suggest he was 'locked up' like Matteo Guendouzi.
That led to ex-Saint-Etienne team-mate Wesley Fofana claiming his pal was 'finally free' when he signed for Nice.
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