West Brom footballer Jay Rodriguez has been charged by the Football Association today after allegations he racially abused Brighton's Gaetan Bong in last month’s Premier League match.
During the game, an altercation occurred between the pair. Rodriguez is alleged to have used “abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race", per the FA.
The English striker has until 16 February 2018 to respond to the charge. He strongly denies any wrongdoing and his club, West Brom, have also announced that they would contest the charge.
Absolutely gutted and in disbelief at the situation I find myself in. I 100% deny the false allegation and will take the correct legal advice to prove my innocence.
— Jay Rodriguez (@JayRodriguez9) February 8, 2018
The club's Director of Football Administration also made a statement.
As a Club we remain fully supportive and committed to backing Jay throughout this process.
Bong made an initial complaint to the match referee Martin Atkinson, who then included it in his report.