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Jay Rodriguez’s winner against Manchester United was his third goal in his past four appearances for West Bromwich Albion

West Bromwich Albion striker Jay Rodriguez said the “truth always comes out” after a charge he racially abused Brighton’s Gaetan Bong was found to be not proven by the Football Association.

The incident involving Cameroon international Bong took place during a Premier League game on 13 January.

“It’s been extremely difficult for me and my family on a serious allegation and subject,” Rodriguez, 28, said.

Rodriguez scored Albion’s winner against Manchester United on Sunday.

The Baggies’ 1-0 win meant Manchester City became Premier League champions, boosted bottom-of-the-table Albion’s slim chances of avoiding relegation. They are now nine points from safety with just four games remaining, starting with Liverpool’s visit to The Hawthorns this Saturday.

“I am always a great believer that the truth always comes out and it has,” he told BBC WM. “Now we can move on and I can just carry on working hard for the team.”

Rodriguez later posted a statement on Twitter