Jay Rodriguez has been cleared by the FA after the allegations he used racist language against Brighton and Hove Albion were found to be “not proven”.

A statement from the FA cleared the Albion striker and announced that no further action will be taken against the former Southampton striker.

It read:

A charge of discriminatory misconduct against West Bromwich Albion’s Jay Rodriguez has been found not proven following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing.

It was alleged that during the game against Brighton & Hove Albion on 13 January 2018, the player used abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.

Rodriguez denied the charge and requested a personal hearing which took place at Wembley Stadium [Wednesday 11 April 2018].

Having considered all the evidence, the Independent Regulatory Commission determined that on the balance of probabilities the allegation was not proven.

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The FA wishes to stress that there has been no suggestion by any party involved in this case that this was a malicious or fabricated complaint. The FA is completely satisfied that this was a complaint made in absolute good faith.

The FA takes all allegations of discrimination extremely seriously and continues to encourage all participants who believe that they have been the subject of or witness to discriminatory abuse to report this through the appropriate channels.

The FA would like to express its full thanks to all parties for their full cooperation during the disciplinary process.

Rodriguez will now be free to play for Albion in the crucial run in period, where Albion will attempt to complete the great escape yet again and secure Premier League survival.

The former Southampton man has netted six times since making the switch from St Mary’s to the Hawthorns, but looks set to be playing Championship football next season with West Brom.