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

Brighton's Chris Hughton disappointed Jay Rodriguez cleared of racial abuse charges
From ESPN - April 16, 2018

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 -- has denied what he described as a "false allegation."

The Football Association stressed there had been "no suggestion by any party involved in this case that this was a malicious or fabricated complaint," and said it was "completely satisfied that this was a complaint made in absolute good faith."

Rodriguez claimed he simply commented that Bong had bad breath.

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