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Jay Rodriguez opens up on "horrendous" racial abuse charge

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West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez admits to being 'hurt deeply' by accusations of racism by Brighton & Hove Albion's Gaetan Bong.

West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez has admitted that a 'massive weight has been lifted off his shoulders' after the Football Association cleared him of racially abusing Gaetan Bong.

The charge, dating back to a match between the Baggies and Brighton & Hove Albion in January, was found not proven on the balance of probabilities by an Independent Regulatory Commission earlier this week.

Rodriguez intends to fully clear his name following a tough few months off the field, but he is happy that the charge itself has now been dealt with.

Speaking after netting the winning goal in Albion's 1-0 triumph against Manchester United, the Englishman told Sky Sports News: "I am a great believer in the truth will always comes out. It is a massive weight of my shoulders and anything affects my family hurts me deep."

Rodriguez has scored three goals in his past four Premier League appearances - as many as he managed in his previous 26 combined.

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2West Bromwich AlbionWest Brom1273231171424
3Leeds UnitedLeeds126512291323
4Middlesbrough12642146822
5Nottingham ForestNott'm Forest124711713419
6Sheffield WednesdaySheff Weds125431918119
7Brentford124622014618
8Derby CountyDerby125341513218
9Norwich CityNorwich125341515018
10Blackburn RoversBlackburn124621415-118
11Swansea CitySwansea12453129317
12Wigan AthleticWigan125251416-217
13Bristol City124441614216
14Stoke CityStoke124441718-116
15Aston Villa123632020015
16Bolton WanderersBolton124351015-515
17Birmingham CityBirmingham122821312114
18Queens Park RangersQPR12426919-1014
19Rotherham UnitedRotherham12327919-1011
20Millwall122461319-610
21Reading122371520-59
22Preston North EndPreston122371824-69
23Ipswich TownIpswich121651118-79
24Hull City122281019-98

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