Ray Rodriguez admits he is in disbelief after being charged by the Football Association over an allegation of racially abusing Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.
The alleged incident took place during West Brom’s 2-0 victory over the Seagulls in January.
The FA have clarified that Rodriguez allegedly used “abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race”.
However, the former Southampton front-man has “100%” denied the allegations and is seeking legal advice, as he’s got until 16 February to respond to the charge:
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
West Brom have since released a statement, confirming they “fully support” Rodriguez.
Richard Garlick, the club’s director of football administration, said, “As a club we remain fully supportive and committed to backing Jay throughout this process.”
Rodriguez has been in good form this term, scoring eight goals in 29 appearances, with Alan Pardew’s side currently rooted to the bottom of the Premier League table after 26 games.