Brighton defender Gaëtan Bong was subjected to nasty abuse at West Brom on Wednesday night in a fourth round FA Cup replay after a section of West Brom supporters targeted Bong as they chanted “one smelly bastard”.
Those chants surfaced in the 106th minute of the match when Bong replaced Bruno Saltor.
Bong claimed that Rodriguez told him: ‘You’re black and you stink’ and Rodriguez on the other hand said he told Bong his breath smelled, but Baggies fans directed “smelly bastard” chants towards the full-back in Wednesday’s FA Cup replay
An FA investigation into the incident delivered a not proven verdict on the Cameroonian’s claims against Rodriguez, with the England striker vehemently denying the allegations.
Speaking after the game, Brighton manager Chris Hughton called for the relevant authorities to look into the chants and take action: “What we heard tonight is not nice. What we have in Gaetan is a very upright, respectable individual.
For those who make those chants, that’s their individual choice and it’s down to the authorities and governors of the game to deal with. The game in recent years has acted on such things real well.
“All Gaetan wants to do is very much get on with his football. He has conducted himself impeccably.”
Just 9,000 fans turned out at the Hawthorns to see Brighton come from behind to ease into the fifth round of the FA Cup.