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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Gaetan Bong on Jay Rodriguez racial abuse: 'I know what I heard'

Gaetan Bong and Jay Rodriguez clashed in January.

Brighton defender Gaetan Bong claims his character has been called into question after West Brom's Jay Rodriguez was cleared of a charge of alleged racial abuse.

Rodriguez was accused of using "abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race" to Cameroon international Bong during the Baggies' 2-0 Premier League victory over the Seagulls on Jan. 13.

Rodriguez described Bong's claim as a "false allegation" but he defender has now reiterated...

 By PA Sport

Brighton's Chris Hughton disappointed Jay Rodriguez cleared of racial abuse charges

Gaetan Bong.
An FA investigation uncovered no evidence of racial abuse against Brighton's Gaetan Bong.

Brighton manager Chris Hughton said he is disappointed that West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez was cleared of a charge of racial abuse against Gaetan Bong.

Rodriguez was accused of using "abusive and/or insulting words, which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race" toward Bong during a Premier League match at The Hawthorns in January that West Brom won 2-0.

Rodriguez, who scored West Brom's goal at Manchester United on Sunday, assuring Manchester City of the title...

ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Alan Pardew backs Jay Rodriguez at hearing on Gaetan Bong racism charge

Jay Rodriguez joined West Bromwich Albion from Southampton in 2017.

West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez appeared before an independent commission at Wembley on Wednesday to face a Football Association charge of allegedly racially abusing Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.

Rodriguez, who has denied the allegation, was backed at the hearing by ex-West Brom boss Alan Pardew. Pardew left the Hawthorns earlier this month but spoke on behalf of his former player.

Sky Sports reported that the panel deliberating the charge talked for more than three hours but did not...