West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez has been granted an extension until March 9 to respond to his FA charge of using racist language, the governing body has announced.

He has already denied making racist comments to Brighton defender Gaetan Bong, with his agent describing the allegation as “disgusting”.

Rodriguez was charged by the FA last week after he allegedly “used abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race”.

The forward was initially given until February 16 to respond to the charge, but the Chairman of the Regulatory Commission accepted an application on behalf of Rodriguez to be given more time.

Rodriguez said he was “gutted” and in “disbelief” at the charges against him, while there have been reports he will use a lip-reader in an attempt to clear his name.

West Brom have maintained their backing of Rodriguez and manager Alan Pardew has insisted he will still consider the player for selection.

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