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    Jay Rodriguez lifts lid on "very difficult" time faced after racism accusation


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    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."

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