The hearing into Nicolas Anelka's quenelle gesture will be heard by the Football Association early next week, with the West Bromwich striker to contest a charge that his celebration was abusive and insulting.

Anelka made the gesture after scoring in his side's 3-3 draw against West Ham in December, and could face a minimum five-match ban if the FA hearing finds that it was "abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper".

The 34-year-old has previously said that the quenelle is "neither antisemitic, nor racist" and merely a show of support for his friend Dieudonné M'bala M'bala, a controversial French comedian.

The hearing will comprise of an independent three-person commission that will consider evidence from lawyers representing both the FA and Anelka.