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Rodriguez racial abuse charge found “not proven”

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West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez will not face punishment for an alleged racist incident against Brighton and Hove Albion.

The Gulls’ Gaetan Bong claimed that Rodriguez racially abused him during a Jan. 13 match, and Rodriguez was charged by the Football Association.

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Fired manager Alan Pardew reportedly spoke up for Rodriguez at the hearing, after which the charge was found to be “not proven.”

The club released a statement following the verdict, with West Brom director of football administration Richard Garlick saying:

“Everyone at the Club is delighted for Jay because this has been a trying period for him. He has always maintained his innocence and we are naturally pleased the Commission has dismissed the charge.”

West Brom CEO on woes: “I’ll be honest, I’m shocked”

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Good news is hard to find at the Hawthorns these days.

West Bromwich Albion has three wins from 31 Premier League matches and sits 10 points back of safety, and presumed life in the Championship will begin with the club in unusual financial territory.

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Club chief executive Mark Jenkins says he can hardly believe what’s become of the Baggies, who didn’t sell any significant pieces this summer and invested more than $65 million in Oliver Burke, Jay Rodriguez, Ahmed Hegazi and others under Tony Pulis (who was fired this winter and replaced by Alan Pardew).

From the BBC:

“We have wages, transfer and loan fees at record levels and yet find ourselves in this position,” said Jenkins.

“Clearly, it has not been as successful a season. There is going to be a significant loss in next year’s accounts, not to the level of profit recorded in these accounts of course, but it demonstrates how the board have used the resources – and a little bit more besides – investing in the squad and the infrastructure of the stadium. I’ll be honest, I’ve come back and I’m shocked at what I have found in some of the decisions that have been made.”

Sunderland is showing us how quickly a club can fall from grace, in danger of relegation for a second-straight season. Parachute payments should make that an anomaly, but as Newcastle showed last season, preparing for the battle ahead in the desperate world of the Championship is paramount. It looks like West Brom knows that.

Newcastle rallies to draw West Brom 2-2

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  • Baggies take 2-0 lead
  • Field scores first PL goal
  • Magpies score off two set pieces

A late West Brom own goal helped Newcastle United come back from a two-goal hole to draw 2-2 at the Hawthorns on Tuesday

Ciaran Clark scored Newcastle’s other goal after Hal Robson-Kanu and Sam Field staked the Baggies to a 2-0 lead.

The draw keeps West Brom winless since August, but it pulls the Baggies above Everton and into 16th place. Newcastle is three points and four places higher.

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A sleepy start to the match was brought to life when Salomon Rondon had a go from 30 yards that bounced off the top of the cross bar.

That unfortunately was not a harbinger of what was the come, and the match crawled through the first half hour.

Isaac Hayden recorded a rare shot on target for Newcastle when Ben Foster collected a bounding 35th minute shot through traffic.

Newcastle keeper Karl Darlow rescued a looping header from Hal Robson-Kanu from the goal line.

Robson-Kanu would get his goal before the break, darting in front of Chancel Mbemba to nod Kieran Gibbs‘ cross over the line. The play was started by a fantastic Johnny Evans ball.

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Newcastle threatened with an early corner kick, but Ciaran Clark couldn’t turn Matt Ritchie‘s service on frame. A free kick followed, but was poorly executed.

The hosts went up 2-0 in the 56th minute through Field, who raced to the back post to meet typical service from crossing wizard Matty Phillips.

The Magpies tried to answer off a pair of corners, and this time Clark headed Ritchie’s corner home. It was 2-1 in the 59th.

Darlow stopped a Robson-Kanu shot four minutes later. At the other end, Ayoze Perez turned and fired and Foster collected the ball in the 80th.

James McClan fouled DeAndre Yedlin on the edge of the 18 in the 82nd minute after a fine pass from Jonjo Shelvey.

That foul cost the Baggies, as Ritchie’s free kick was backheeled into his own goal off Evans by Rondon.

Watford 2-0 West Brom: 10-man Hornets build lead, hold on

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  • Hornets nab 2nd straight win
  • Sides split season series
  • Britos sees red

M’Baye Niang scored off a Troy Deeney feed before the two flipped the script for a second as Watford took a 2-0 lead before navigating a red card in a win over West Bromwich Albion at Vicarage Road on Tuesday.

Watford moves into 10th with 37 points, while West Brom stays eighth with 44.

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A long ball came to captain Troy Deeney, and a flick to Niang found the ball in the back of the goal.

James McClean could’ve doomed West Brom’s chances when he clattered into Jose Holebas and then engaged in some extracurriculars, but only a yellow was shown. Tony Pulis took the midfielder off at halftime.

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Watford made it 2-0 when Niang returned the favor to Deeney with a curling cross over the Baggies’ back line. Deeney’s first touch almost misled him, but he made amends with a classy low touch to beat Ben Foster.

Nacer Chadli tore a shot off the outside of the net as the Baggies tried to find a way back into the match.

Things got more interesting when Britos chopped down Salomon Rondon to pick up a red card, and the Hornets would face 20 minutes up two goals but down a man. That wasn’t much of a problem, as Watford could’ve added a third despite the disadvantage.

West Brom’s “Premier League Behind the Badge” continues (video)

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“We punch above our weight, and we’re proud of that fact.”

That fits the tone and tenor of the first three episodes of West Brom’s “Behind The Badge” series, and the trailer for the fourth episode says those very words.

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The fourth episode of Behind the Badge: West Bromwich Albion FC debuts Sunday at 1:30pm EDT on NBCSN.