Nicolas Anelka quenelle hearing to be held by Football Association next week

• Striker faces five-game ban for making gesture
• Anelka insists quenelle is 'neither antisemitic nor racist'

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.

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