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FA charges West Brom's Jay Rodriguez after racism claim

FA charges West Brom's Jay Rodriguez after racism claim
From ESPN - February 8, 2018

West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez has been charged by the Football Association over an incident involving Gaetan Bong in last month's Premier League match against Brighton that saw him accused of using racist language.

Footage shows the pair arguing and bumping into each other, before Rodriguez holds his nose and waves his hand as if to gesture Bong smells.

It is not clear what was said, but Bong immediately complained to referee Martin Atkinson who included the incident in his report.

The FA said on Thursday it had charged Rodriguez with using "abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race."

If the charge is proven, Rodriguez would face a minimum five-match ban as an aggravated breach of FA rule E3. The rules added that "the regulatory commission may increase this suspension depending on any additional aggravating factors present."

Rodriguez, who won one England cap in 2013, has until Feb. 16 to respond to the FA charge.

He reacted by writing on Twitter: "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."

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

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