Jay Rodriguez cleared of racial abuse charge

Jay Rodriguez cleared of racial abuse charge

"It was alleged that during the game against Brighton & Hove Albion on 13 January 2018, the player used abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race".

The FA announced on Friday that the Independent Regulatory Commission "determined that on the balance of probabilities the allegation was not proven" against Rodriguez.

But just behind the Eagles are Rodriguez's old club Burnley and Newcastle - with both sides listed at 6/1, which certainly hints that it may not be out of the question for either to pursue the former Southampton man during the coming months.

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

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

The statement added that the FA was satisfied that the complaint made by Cameroon global Bong was not malicious or fabricated.

The England worldwide thanked those who had given evidence supporting him at the hearing, as well as his West Brom team mates, club staff and fans for their backing "during this unpleasant process", as well as his family.

'I have maintained my innocence from the moment Gaetan Bong made the allegation. 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.

'I am relieved and pleased that after an exhaustive, thorough and fair process, I am cleared of this stain on my character and reputation'.