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Football: Anelka hearing to start on Tuesday, say FA

Published on Feb 25, 2014 6:45 AM
 
West Bromwich Albion's Nicolas Anelka looks on during their English Premier League soccer match against Everton at The Hawthorns in West Bromwich, central England, on Jan 20, 2014. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

LONDON (AFP) - Nicolas Anelka's disciplinary hearing over his controversial 'quenelle' goal celebration is due to start on Tuesday will start on Tuesday, England's governing Football Association told AFP on Monday.

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".

 
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