The English football association (FA) has Jay Rodriguez (West Bromwich Albion) accused of racist comments to have been expressed on the football pitch. Rodriguez would denigrate excited about the race and the skin color of Gaëtan Bong, during the match against Brighton on 13 January.
“There is a strong presumption that Rodriguez is in any insulting words referring to ethnic origin, skin color or race of Gaëtan Bong,” said the FA in a press release. West Bromwich coach Alan Pardew says he is surprised by the allegations. “I have the incident not to happen, but I know Jay well. Therefore, I can only say that I have it all but it’s hard to believe,” said Pardew.
Rodriguez himself denies the allegations and calls them “false”. The player has until 16 February to the allegations to respond.