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Pardew expects FA investigation for Rodriguez racism claim

  • Alan Pardew expects an FA investigation after allegations of racism on Saturday 
  • His star striker Jay Rodriguez was involved in a confrontation with Gaetan Bong 
  • Bong complained to referee Martin Atkinson about Rodriguez’s gestures

Laurie Whitwell for MailOnline

Alan Pardew expects an FA investigation after allegations of racism were made against Jay Rodriguez during West Brom’s win over Brighton.

Rodriguez was involved in a confrontation with Gaetan Bong just before the hour, prompting the Brighton player to complain to referee Martin Atkinson.

The players had come together during a tussle for the ball and afterwards Rodriguez allegedly held his nose when spoken to up close by Bong.

Allegations of racism were made against Jay Rodriguez during West Brom ’s win over Brighton

Allegations of racism were made against Jay Rodriguez during West Brom ’s win over Brighton

Rodriguez allegedly held his nose when spoken to up close by Brighton's Gaetan Bong

Rodriguez allegedly held his nose when spoken to up close by Brighton's Gaetan Bong

Rodriguez allegedly held his nose when spoken to up close by Brighton’s Gaetan Bong

Bong can be seen in television replays telling Atkinson he has been subjected to racism. Rodriguez is understood to vehemently deny any wrongdoing.

The FA are awaiting Atkinson’s match report before taking any action. Both managers declined to discuss the exact nature of the allegations.

Alan Pardew said: ‘There’s been an allegation made by the Brighton full-back to the referee and that allegation will go to the FA.

‘I only can say on my behalf, because I haven’t seen the incident, knowing Jay Rodriguez I find it very difficult to understand, that there has been an allegation of any kind.

West Brom boss Alan Pardew admitted the incident will likely be heavily looked into by the FA

West Brom boss Alan Pardew admitted the incident will likely be heavily looked into by the FA

West Brom boss Alan Pardew admitted the incident will likely be heavily looked into by the FA

Brighton boss Chris Hughton (left) also refused to comment but said it was being addressed

Brighton boss Chris Hughton (left) also refused to comment but said it was being addressed

Brighton boss Chris Hughton (left) also refused to comment but said it was being addressed

‘So we’ll have to wait and see. Jay claims that the allegation is untrue.’

Chris Hughton said: ‘Bong has reported Jay Rodriguez for something that (he claims) was said to him.

‘It’s being handled correctly by the referee.

He’s aware of the allegation and that will go through to the FA. It was dealt with in the correct manner.

‘These are allegations made against Jay Rodriguez. The nature of those will be made clear by the FA.’ 

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