Jay Rodriguez has lifted the lid on the "very difficult" time he faced after being accused of racism during a Premier League game last season.
The West Brom striker was involved in an altercation with Brighton's Gaetan Bong in January - a spat which the full-back claimed ended in Rodriguez racially abusing him.
A Football Association investigation could not determine what had been said in the on-field discussion between the pair, with Rodriguez not charged as a result.
Since then, the Baggies have been relegated to the Championship, where Rodriguez has struck four goals in six appearances.
"It was a difficult time, very difficult for myself and my family," Rodriguez told the Daily Telegraph.
"I had to just keep myself focused on what I can affect, like I do with everything. The truth came out.
"Racism is a very serious issue, of course it is. If it was something I did then obviously you need to be fully punished. It's a serious issue, not just in football but anywhere in life.
"People should report it if they are abused, that is important, so obviously for me it was a big thing straight away. (But) I didn't do anything wrong."