Updated: Tuesday, 25 February 2014 03:21 | By Agence France-Presse

Anelka hearing to start on Tuesday - FA

Nicolas Anelka's disciplinary hearing over his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration will start on Tuesday, England's governing Football Association told AFP on Monday.

Anelka hearing to start on Tuesday - FA

A file picture taken on December 28, 2013, shows West Bromwich Albion's French striker Nicolas Anelka gesturing as he celebrates scoring a goal at The Boleyn Ground, Upton Park in east London - by Ian Kington

French striker Anelka, now with English Premier League side West Bromwich Albion, faces a minimum five-match ban for making a gesture condemned in France as anti-Semitic after scoring the first of his two goals in a 3-3 draw against West Ham on December 28.

However, the 34-year-old has denied the gesture was anti-Semitic and requested a personal hearing.

Anelka was charged by England's governing Football Association 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, described as an inverted Nazi salute, has been popularised by French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala, a friend of Anelka's and who was been prosecuted in France for various racial offences.

Anelka has maintained his goal celebration was an anti-establishment gesture in support of Dieudonne and that he is neither racist nor anti-Semitic. 

Last month, Dieudonne was banned from entering the UK after the Home Office, Britain's interior ministry, made him the subject of an exclusion order.

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