West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez has been charged by the FA following allegations of racial abuse.
Rodriguez is accused of having made racist comments regarding Brighton and Cameroon defender Gaetan Bong during a match at the Hawthorns on January 13.
Jay Rodriguez charged by the FA for 'abusive and/or insulting words' during West Brom's game against Brighton. Maddness!— King Richard The 1st (@Richie100001) February 8, 2018
Bong would relay the incident to referee Martin Atkinson during the match, claiming that the striker pinched his own nose and told him:
“He was upset because I blocked him and after that he said some words," Bong later said to SFR (H/T the Independent). "He said racist comments.
“I looked for the referee to tell him. First the referee told me to get back in position. I didn’t accept that so easily. I am a black man. We’re in 2018 and we cannot tolerate this. I hope there will be sanctions.
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“He did that because of the colour of my skin. I asked him to repeat what he said and I think he realised what he said and tried to limit the damage. And I replied to him, “No, what you said was racist”.
“At the end of the game he tried to say, "No I didn’t say that”. But I said, “You can’t say that. Not to a human being. And most of all not to a black man, at this period, with everything that is happening in the world”.”
Rodriguez, though, has denied this and is understood to be upset by the accusation.
The Baggies have also issued a statement on their official website,
It reads: "