Jay Rodriguez charged with alleged racial abuse
West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez has been charged with alleged racial abuse by the English Football Association
The incident occurred during a 2-0 win for West Brom against Brighton & Hove Albion on Jan. 13 and involved the Seagulls’ left back Gaetan Bong.
In a statement released on Thursday the FA alleged Rodriguez “used abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.”
At the time of the incident the officials didn’t act on the claims from Bong but it was noted after the game and the FA has been looking into the matter over the past few weeks.West Brom released the following statement saying that they fully support Rodriguez who has until February 16 to respond.
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.”
Rodriguez responded with the following Tweet, which clearly states he will appeal against this FA 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