West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez was charged by the FA on Thursday following allegations he racially abused Brighton and Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong during a Premier League match last month.
The incident refers to a match between West Brom and Brighton on January 13th.
The FA’s statement said “It is alleged he used abusive and/or insulting words [towards’s Brighton’s Gaetan Bong] which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race.”
Rodriguez has until February 16th 2018 to respond.
Rodriguez took to social media to deny the allegations, saying: “Absolutely gutted and in disbelief at the situation I find myself in.”
West Brom released a statement which read “Albion remain fully supportive of Jay Rodriguez after he was charged by the FA following an incident during the club’s Premier League victory over Brighton & Hove Albion on Saturday, January 13.
“Richard Garlick, Albion’s Director of Football Administration, said: ‘As a club we remain fully supportive and committed to backing Jay throughout this process.’
“Jay has until February 16 to respond to the charge.”