Jay Rodriguez admits he is in disbelief after being charged by the Football Association over an allegation of racially abusing Brighton defender Gaetan Bong.
The alleged incident took place during West Brom's 2-0 victory over the Seagulls in January.
The FA have clarified that Rodriguez allegedly used "abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race".
However, the former Southampton front-man has "100%" denied the allegations and is seeking legal advice, as he's got until 16 February to respond to the charge:
Absolutely gutted and in disbelief at the situation I find myself in. I 100% deny the false allegation and will take the correct legal advice to prove my innocence.- Jay Rodriguez (@JayRodriguez9) February 8, 2018
West Brom have since released a statement, confirming they "fully support" Rodriguez.
Richard Garlick, the club's director of football administration, said, "As a club we remain fully supportive and committed to backing Jay throughout this process."
:loudspeaker: "Jay Rodriguez has made racist comments about me"- SFR Sport (@SFR_Sport) January 14, 2018
:arrow_right: Brighton full-back Gaetan Bong reveals he's been subjected to racism on the pitch during #WBABHA ! cc @MailOnline @SkySportsPL @rioferdy5 @GaryLineker @ed_aarons @guardian_sport @GNev2 @TheSunFootball @MirrorFootball pic.twitter.com/NIM6zFWAXF
Rodriguez's agent, Gary Mellor, has also commented on the incident, saying: "These allegations are totally untrue, there's no supporting evidence, and it's severely damaging to someone of impeccable character.
"Someone needs to seriously look at these types of charges and allegations that can be levelled at a professional footballer, on the basis of one person's word.
"This has devastated Jay and his family. Serious and disgusting allegations of this sort can taint someone's life forever, even if he is later cleared of the charges. They will remain on internet searches forever.
"We are determined to fight the allegations; we will challenge the FA over the charge at the independent tribunal, and Jay is taking legal advice to ensure his name is cleared.
"In the meantime, he is determined to play against Chelsea on Monday, because he will not allow false allegations of this sort to disrupt his fight to keep West Brom in Premier League."
The player has until February 16th to respond.