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Baggies boss Pardew vows to keep faith in striker despite FA charge

 

By Staff Reporter

West Brom boss Alan Pardew will continue to pick Jay Rodriguez but insists the striker is angry about being charged by the Football Association.

Rodriguez was accused of using racist language following a clash with Brighton's Gaetan Bong.

Bong accused the 28-year-old during Albion's 2-0 Premier League win last month and Rodriguez was charged on Thursday.

The Baggies go to Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday with Rodriguez set to feature despite the controversy. Pardew said: "I've got no problem picking him. At the moment he's angry but he's OK.

"It's an accusation he denies and we're going to support him. It's not just about us losing Jay for five games, it's a bit more serious than that, his future after the game - whether he wants to be a coach or go into business.

"Jay is upset about it, he has a good mental capacity to deal with things and hopefully he can concentrate on his football - although it is a worry."

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