Jay Rodriguez charged by FA after allegations he racially abused Gaetan Bong

Jay Rodriguez has been charged by the FA after allegations he racially abused Brighton’s Cameroon defender Gaëtan Bong.

West Brom striker Rodriguez has been accused of "abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race."

Rodriguez has been charged following an incident during the West Bromwich Albion versus Brighton and Hove Albion match on 13 January 2018.

The FA say Rodriguez has until 16 February 2018 to respond to the charge.


Albion released a club statement, saying: "Albion remain fully supportive of Jay Rodriguez after he was charged by the FA following an incident during the club’s Premier League victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, January 13.

It is alleged the Baggies striker used abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.

Richard Garlick, Albion’s Director of Football Administration, said: “As a Club we remain fully supportive and committed to backing Jay throughout this process."

Jay has until February 16 to respond to the charge.

Bong called on the FA to hand a severe punishment to Rodriguez, who denies any wrongdoing.

The Seagulls star told SFR Sport last month: “I think he was upset because I blocked him in the last play.

“After that, he said some words, some words that I would not repeat on television because this is mean and unpronounceable.

"He said racist comments and I just can’t take it.

“As you can see, I looked for the referee to tell him. I told the referee what Rodriguez said to me. First, the referee told me to get back in position. I didn’t accept that so easily.

“We’re in 2018. And we can not tolerate this. I can not tolerate this!

“I talked to the referee. He did a report. And I hope there will be some sanctions."

Source: https://www.mirror.co.uk/sport/football/news/west-brom-striker-jay-rodriguez-11994057

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