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The Brighton defender complained to the referee after clashing with the West Brom forward and the governing body will assess the situation

Brighton and Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong has reported West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez to the Football Association (FA) after the players clashed during Saturday’s Premier League game.

The pair exchanged words in the second-half of West Brom’s 2-0 win, with Rodriguez appearing to squeeze his nose and waft a hand at Cameroon international Bong.

Following protests from Bong both men were spoken to by referee Martin Atkinson, who then consulted with his fourth official.

Omnisport understands the Football Association is aware of the matter and is awaiting the officials’ report on the match.

At their post-match news conferences, both Brighton manager Chris Hughton and his West Brom counterpart Alan Pardew confirmed an allegation had been made against Rodriguez but did not discuss the precise nature of the complaint.

“Bong has reported Jay Rodriguez for something that was said to him. It’s being handled correctly by the referee,” Hughton said.

“He’s aware of the allegation and that will go through to the FA. It was dealt with in the correct manner.

“These are allegations made against Jay Rodriguez. The nature of those will be made clear by the FA.

“It was something said to him and it is being dealt with in the correct manner.”

Pardew corroborated Hughton’s account that Rodriguez’s action would now be assessed by the authorities…



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