Former Southampton and now West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez has been charged with alleged racial abuse by the FA following an incident with Brighton and Hove Albion defender Gaetan Bong on January 13, and Saints fans have been quick to have their say on the news.
The 28-year-old left Saints to move to the Hawthorns during the summer after struggling to get regular game time at St Mary’s, and he has certainly had more opportunities with the Premier League strugglers and scored two superb goals in their 3-2 win against Liverpool in the fourth round of the FA Cup just a fortnight ago.
However, Rodriguez was seen to pinch his nose following an altercation with Bong when West Brom faced the Seagulls last month, and now he has been charged he has until February 16 to appeal the decision.
Southampton supporters took to social media to give their thoughts on the situation, and while one said “we’ve got your back”, another said “100% behind you Jay”.
Here is a selection of the Twitter reaction…
— Ciara (@ciarasineadd) February 9, 2018
This definitely isn’t something I can imagine Jay Rod doing. From the years I’ve watched him at #saintsfc he seemed like a decent person and not the type to racially abuse someone! Very much standing by innocent until proven otherwise… https://t.co/nXBsAkA1R5
— Luke Philip (@lukephilip94) February 8, 2018
Us Saints fans are with you on this! How ridiculous! Some people need to get off their pedestal ??♀️
— YASMIN ? (@MissYjw1) February 8, 2018
Like many Saints fan I dont believe it at all. 100% behind you Jay. ?⚪⚽️⚪?
— Angela Barrow (@ALBSFC1981) February 8, 2018
We are with you all the way buddy, hope yr appeal brings the correct decision ?
— Robbie (@SAINTSINFRANCE) February 8, 2018
From all of us saints boys. You have our full support. In all the games seen you play in at St Marys. You have shown any of what you have been charged with.
Hope it turns out ok for you mate.
— mark white (@saintmark22) February 8, 2018
I say as I find and met you and spoken to the family a few times. Top guy, top family. All behind you at #saintsfc Jay.
— Les could do with a bobble hat.. (@saintbannerman) February 8, 2018
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