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Anelka FA hearing set for next week

Nicolas Anelka's disciplinary hearing into his controversial "quenelle" salute is due to start early next week.

The three-man independent regulatory panel's hearing is expected to last several days but to be completed by the end of the week.

West Brom's French striker faces a minimum five-match ban after being charged by the Football Association with performing an alleged anti-Semitic gesture during his club's 3-3 draw at West Ham on Dec. 28.

The 34-year-old has denied the gesture was anti-Semitic and requested a personal hearing. Anelka was charged last month with an aggravated offence after making a gesture that was judged to be "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper."

The aggravated breach was that it included "a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief."

The "quenelle" has been described as an inverted Nazi salute and its invention has been credited to French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, a friend of Anelka's, who was been prosecuted in France for anti-Semitism. Anelka maintains his goal celebration was an anti-establishment gesture in support of Dieudonne.

Last month, Dieudonne was banned from entering the UK after the Home Office made him subject to an exclusion order.

Information from the Press Association was used in this report

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