West Brom 2 – Brighton 0
Four months after the event, today will see the start of the racism hearing between West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez and Brighton’s Gaitan Bong.
Back in January, West Brom beat Brighton 2-0 at the Hawthorns.
A bullet header from Jonny Evans fired West Brom into an early lead to settle nerves. Craig Dawson doubled the advantage from another set play ten minutes in to the second half.
Jay Rodriguez vs Gaitan Bong
Aside from the scoreline, the big story after the game is what happened between Jay Rodriguez and Gaitan Bong.
The two players clashed during the second half. 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.
Bong seemed to mouth the word ‘racist’ during his conversation with the referee.
While the Brighton full-back later told French broadcasters SFR Sport exactly what he believed J-Rod said to him:
He said certain things of a racist nature and I took it badly.
He said something in reference to my colour. You see very clearly he pinched his nose in relation to what he said. I asked him to repeat it.
Alan Pardew to testify
Alan Pardew is no longer the West Brom manager, however he’ll testify at the hearing.
Pardew will answer questions today, as reported by the Times:
It is understood that no other players or officials heard the exchange between Rodriguez and Bong during the game at The Hawthorns on January 13, during which Rodriguez is accused of using racist language to the Cameroon defender. The West Brom forward strenuously denies the allegation.
Pardew will be a character witness and could also testify about Rodriguez’s immediate reaction to the accusation by Bong.
West Brom’s Jay Rodriguez faces a five match ban is he’s found guilty of the charges.