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Jay Rodriguez eager to move on after being cleared by the FA of racially abusing Brighton's Gaetan Bong: 'The truth always comes out'

  • Jay Rodriguez was cleared of racially abusing Brighton defender Gaetan Bong 
  • The West Brom striker was accused of making an alleged comment to Bong
  • Bong and Rodriguez clashed during West Brom's win over Brighton in January  
  • Rodriguez said: 'I am always a great believer that the truth always comes out' 

Jay Rodriguez wants to move on after a Football Association charge of racially abusing Brighton's Gaetan Bong was found not to be not proven, with the West Brom forward saying 'the truth always comes out'.

The 28-year-old has been playing with a cloud over his head for four months after being accused of making an alleged comment to the Brighton defender when the sides met in January.

The FA announced on Friday that the Independent Regulatory Commission 'determined that on the balance of probabilities the allegation was not proven' against Rodriguez.

Jay Rodriguez said he wants to move on from the alleged incident involving Gaetan Bong

Jay Rodriguez said he wants to move on from the alleged incident involving Gaetan Bong

'I am always a great believer that the truth always comes out and it has,' the forward told BBC WM. 

'Now we can move on and I can just carry on working hard for the team.'

Rodriguez certainly did that on Sunday, capping a fine display with the goal that secured rock-bottom West Brom a shock 1-0 win at Manchester United – and Manchester City the Premier League title.

After Bong made his complaint to refeere Martin Atkinson, who filed in his match report

The incident happened during West Brom's 2-0 victory over Brighton back in January

'It's amazing,' he said. 'You always dream as a young lad to come here and score and to get the winner against a great side at a great stadium was really good.

'At the end we were knackered. We worked our socks off and created a lot of chances and we definitely deserved the win.

'I have never not believed. We need to believe still – especially coming here and showing that – we can go and beat anyone. We need to keep that between us and keep working.'

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