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West Brom's Anelka to face FA hearing next week

West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka will face a Football Association disciplinary hearing into his controversial 'quenelle' salute early next week. The Frenchman faces a minimum five-match ban after being charged by the Football Association with performing an alleged anti-Semitic gesture during his club's match against West Ham on December 28.

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

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.

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