Nicolas Anelka has requested a personal hearing after denying that his "quenelle" gesture at West Ham was anti-Semitic or racist.
The Football Association has confirmed West Brom striker Anelka is to argue his case at a forthcoming Commission hearing, although no date has yet been scheduled.
Anelka was charged by the FA on 21 January with making a gesture which was abusive and/or indecent and/or insulting and/or improper after scoring during Albion's 3-3 draw at Upton Park on 28 December.
The FA further alleged it to be an aggravated breach, in that it included a reference to ethnic origin and/or race and/or religion or belief.
The Frenchman faces a potential five-match ban at least if found guilty.