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Rodriguez racial abuse charge found “not proven”

West Bromwich Albion v Brighton and Hove Albion - Premier League

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - JANUARY 13: Jay Rodriguez of West Bromwich Albion is challenged by Dale Stephens of Brighton and Hove Albion during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Brighton and Hove Albion at The Hawthorns on January 13, 2018 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

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West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez will not face punishment for an alleged racist incident against Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Gulls’ Gaetan Bong claimed that Rodriguez racially abused him during a Jan. 13 match, and Rodriguez was charged by the Football Association.

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Fired manager Alan Pardew reportedly spoke up for Rodriguez at the hearing, after which the charge was found to be “not proven.”

The club released a statement following the verdict, with West Brom director of football administration Richard Garlick saying:

“Everyone at the Club is delighted for Jay because this has been a trying period for him. He has always maintained his innocence and we are naturally pleased the Commission has dismissed the charge.”

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