Sport 'Relief' for Rodriguez as striker cleared of racism charge against Bong

03:00  17 april  2018
03:00  17 april  2018 Source:   goal.com

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Jay Rodriguez: West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez© Provided by Goal West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez

West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez says he is relieved after being cleared of a charge of alleged racial abuse.

Rodriguez was charged by the Football Association (FA) with using "abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race" towards Brighton and Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong during a Premier League game in January.

But an independent regulatory commission found the accusation made against the England international could not be proven.

Bong said in a statement posted on Twitter he was "disappointed" with the verdict, but Rodriguez is glad to have cleared his name.

Jay Rodriguez cleared of using racist language by the FA

  Jay Rodriguez cleared of using racist language by the FA Jay Rodriguez has been cleared by the FA after the allegations he used racist language against Brighton and Hove Albion were found to be “not proven”. A statement from the FA cleared the Albion striker and announced that no further action will be taken against the former Southampton striker. It read: “A charge of discriminatory misconduct against West Bromwich Albion’s Jay Rodriguez has been found not proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.” “Rodriguez denied the charge and requested a personal hearing which took place at Wembley Stadium [Wednesday 11 April 2018].” “Having considered all the evidence, the Independent Regulatory Commission determined that on the balance of probabilities the allegation was not proven.” “The FA wishes to stress that there has been no suggestion by any party involved in this case that this was a malicious or fabricated complaint. The FA is completely satisfied that this was a complaint made in absolute good faith.” “The FA takes all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and continues to encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels.” “The FA would like to express its full thanks to all parties for their full cooperation during the disciplinary process.” Rodriguez will now be free to play for Albion in the crucial run in period, where Albion will attempt to complete the great escape yet again and secure Premier League survival. The former Southampton man has netted six times since making the switch from St Mary’s to the Hawthorns, but looks set to be playing Championship football next season with West Brom.

"It has been a difficult and strained period for me and my family because this allegation brought a serious and damaging slur on my character," Rodriguez said in a statement released via social media.

"It has been equally difficult to remain silent throughout the FA process, but I do wish to express firstly my relief that I have been exonerated and second my support for the fight against racism in whatever form it is expressed.

"I have maintained my innocence from the moment Gaetan Bong made the allegation. I bear him no ill will, but I was disappointed that he chose to publicly condemn me on the platforms of open media before the evidence had been presented to an independent tribunal.

"Now that I have been cleared, I would like to emphasise so there can be no doubt that I did not utter the words of which I was accused. I did not use any language that alluded to race and I can only repeat my view that Gaetan misheard our exchange during the game.

West Brom striker Rodriguez cleared over FA charge

  West Brom striker Rodriguez cleared over FA charge The Football Association has confirmed a charge of discriminatory misconduct against West Brom's Jay Rodriguez has been found not proven.West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez has been cleared of a Football Association (FA) charge of alleged racial abuse by an independent regulatory commission.

"I am grateful for all the colleagues and former managers and coaches who spoke up for me at the hearing. I would also like to thank West Bromwich Albion, my team-mates, the staff and the fans for the fantastic support they have offered me during this unpleasant process.

"Finally, I would like to underline my support for the continuing battle of any forms of discrimination. There is no place for it in any walk of life and I am relieved and pleased that after an exhaustive, thorough and fair process, I am cleared of this stain on my character and reputation."

Rodriguez scored the winner as West Brom boosted their slim Premier League survival hopes with a shock 1-0 win at Manchester United on Sunday, a result that saw Manchester City crowned champions.

Burnley linked with swoop for Jay Rodriguez .
Burnley reportedly want to sign Jay Rodriguez from West Brom this summer. According to the Daily Mail, the Clarets are plotting a move to bring the striker back to Turf Moor after he left the club in 2012. Rodriguez departed Burnley to secure his first move to the top flight with Southampton and has since established himself as a more than capable Premier League striker. The one-time England international has been a standout performer in a bleak campaign for West Brom and it seems, with the club destined for relegation to the Championship, interest from the top flight is beginning to build. Rodriguez has found the net on a total of 11 occasions and has been a crucial player for the Baggies this season despite their misfiring ways. Burnley boss Sean Dyche is claimed to be an admirer of the attacker and a summer move could be on the cards. West Brom will, however, be keen to receive more than the £12m they spent on Rodriguez last summer if they are forced into a sale.

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