LONDON (AFP) - Nicolas Anelka's disciplinary hearing over his controversial "quenelle" goal celebration went into a second day on Wednesday.
The French striker, 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 Dec 28.
However, the 34-year-old has denied the gesture was anti-Semitic and requested a personal hearing.
England's governing Football Association (FA) had confirmed on Monday that the hearing would start on Tuesday but refused to specify a location.
Such hearings are often held at the FA's Wembley headquarters in London but Anelka was pictured on Sky Sports entering the Grove Hotel - often used by the England team as a training base - in Watford, north of London on Wednesday.
The former France international was charged by the FA 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, the comedian was banned from entering the United Kingdom after the Home Office, Britain's interior ministry, made him the subject of an exclusion order.