The disciplinary hearing into Nicolas Anelka's quenelle gesture is due to start early next week.

Last month, the Frenchman was charged by the Football Association with performing an alleged anti-Semitic gesture during West Brom's match with West Ham on December 28.

Anelka subsequently denied the charge was anti-Semitic or racist in any way and requested a personal hearing.

A three-man independent regulatory panel will now meet early next week, with the hearing expected to last several days.

The quenelle has been described as an inverted Nazi salute and its invention had been credited to French comedian Dieudonne M'bala M'bala - a close friend of Anelka's - who has been prosecuted for anti-Semitism.

However, the West Brom striker maintains his celebration was an anti-establishment gesture in support of his friend.

Dieudonne has since been banned from entering the UK after the Home Office made him subject to an exclusion order.