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Gaetan Bong Issues Statement As Jay Rodriguez Is Cleared Of Allegations

Gaetan Bong Issues Statement As Jay Rodriguez Is Cleared Of Allegations
By Arthur James O'Dea

West Bromwich Albion's Jay Rodriguez saw charges of racial abuse against him deemed "not proven" at an FA hearing last week.

Brighton & Hove Albion's Gaetan Bong, the player who had accused Rodriguez of racial abuse when both sides met in mid-January, shared his thoughts on that verdict via a club statement:

Mr. Rodriguez's actions during our game against West Bromwich Albion, followed by statements issued by him and on his behalf by various PR and legal advisers, have resulted in my character being questioned and subsequently for a number of accusations to be directed at me.

Please let me be clear: I know what I heard and I did not mishear. My conscience in raising the complaint is therefore entirely clear.

This was my first such experience in more than three years in this country and I would never seek to bring a false charge against a fellow professional.

Those who have accused me of doing that do not know me. Equally those who have expressed an opinion were not there on the pitch at the time and only Mr. Rodriguez and I know exactly what was said and I stand by my original complaint.

I now wish to continue with my career, and won't be commenting further on this matter even if Mr. Rodriguez chooses to issue any further statements.

The statement concluded by clarifying that the club "fully support" their player in his stance, and will similarly not be commenting any further.

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