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Seagulls boss blasts Bong chants

7th February 2019, 02:59 by Michael Holland

The FA must clamp down on derogatory chanting after Gaetan Bong was targeted by West Brom fans, Chris Hughton has said.

The Brighton defender was subjected to boos and chants when he came on as a substitute in the Seagulls' 3-1 extra time FA Cup fourth round replay win.

It was his first return to The Hawthorns after he accused Baggies striker Jay Rodriguez of a racist comment last season.

Rodriguez was charged by the Football Association but the allegation was "not proven" having claimed he told Bong his breath smelled, with Albion fans singing Bong was a "smelly b******" on Wednesday.

"It's down the authorities and governors of our game, and what we see and hear, for people to deal with," said Hughton, who called the booing of Bong by Burnley fans in support of former player Rodriguez last season "shameful".

"It's not nice but the game has done very well in recent years in picking up on anything they need to and the original case was dealt with very well by the FA.

"You are going to hear things you think are unfair and don't want to hear and that then becomes the responsibility of others.

"I heard them, it's difficult not to but I prefer to talk about the individual. We have an outstanding individual and our support goes to our players."

This article originated on sportinastorm.com

Michael Holland is a reporter with over two decades of journalism experience. A Bolton fan, Michael often writes football articles, as well as having a strong knowledge of golf, cricket and Australian sports.

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