Alan Pardew

West Brom’s huge blow before Chelsea

Chelsea vs West Brom

The final match in round 27 of the Premier League is on Monday night at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea take on West Brom. Could it prove to be Antonio Conte’s final match in charge of the Blues?

Chelsea come into the game on an awful run of form. They’ve lost their last two matches on the spin to Bournemouth and Watford, conceding seven goals in the process.

Moreover, the Blues have lost three of their last four games, while Chelsea only have two wins in ten.

Would it even be a shock if West Brom won in west London?

Jay Rodriguez vs Gaëtan Bong

On Thursday, West Brom were hit with bad news.

Striker Jay Rodriguez faces a five match ban for racism.

The punishment could result from a confrontation with Brighton defender Gaëtan Bong back in January.

The two players clashed during the second half of their Premier League. After pressing heads together, Rodriguez made a gesture in Bong’s direction.

That instantly upset the Brighton full-back, who made his feelings known to referee Martin Atkinson.

Jay Rodriguez vs Gaitan Bong

Jay Rodriguez vs Gaitan Bong (2)

Bong seemed to mouth the word ‘racist’ during his conversation with the referee, and the matter was since turned over to the FA.

Since, Bong has called on French TV that J Rod said: “You’re black and you stink”.

For the record, West Brom striker Rodriguez has also maintained his innocence against such claims. However he’s now facing an uphill battle after he’s been charged by the FA.

A summary of the situation is reported in the Times:

The allegations resulted in the governing body’s disciplinary department bringing charges yesterday. He faces a minimum five-match ban if he is found guilty.

Rodriguez has until February 16 to respond. The case will be heard by a three-person independent disciplinary commission. A spokesman for West Brom said: “As a club we remain fully supportive and committed to backing Jay throughout this process.”

Jay Rodriguez has also posted the following on social media.

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