West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez has lodged his attraction to clear his title after he was charged with racial abuse, talkSPORT understands.
The ahead had till Friday, having been granted an additional three weeks to place his defence collectively following the Soccer Affiliation cost.
It’s alleged Rodriguez “used abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race” to Brighton’s Gaetan Bong throughout Albion’s 2-Zero win in January.
Rodriguez denies what he described as a “false allegation” and the matter will now go to an FA panel. It’s understood Rodriguez claims he purely commented that Bong had unhealthy breath.
He faces a five-game ban if discovered responsible however the membership are backing the ex-Southampton man, who has eight objectives for the struggling Baggies this time period.
However boss Alan Pardew doesn’t count on the matter will probably be resolved quickly.
He mentioned: “Not likely. That is a way off I feel, that. Clearly he is contesting it.
“He’s been a great pro. He’s pretty level-headed and I haven’t seen too dramatic a change in his attitude to training, or anything if I’m honest.”