Brighton defender Gaetan Bong has stood by his claim that West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez racially abused him in the Premier League clash between the two sides in January; despite Rodriguez has been cleared of discriminatory conduct by the FA's Independent Regulatory Commission.
According to a statement issued on his behalf by Brighton, Bong said: "Please let me be clear: I know what I heard and I did not mishear. My conscience in raising the complaint is therefore entirely clear."
The Cameroon international was also highly critical of those who had accused him of "bringing a false charge against a fellow professional":
"Those who have accused me of doing that do not know me," he said, adding: "Equally those who have expressed an opinion were not there on the pitch at the time and only Mr Rodriguez and I know exactly what was said and I stand by my original complaint."
On a more positive note, Bong also said that - in his experience of English football - Rodriguez's behaviour was an exception to the rule:
"This was my first such experience in more than three years in this country and I would never seek to bring a false charge against a fellow professional."
Rodriguez maintained his innocence after the Independent Regulatory Commission's verdict last Friday. As quoted on the BBC website, he said:
"I am always a great believer that the truth always comes out and it has."
The West Brom striker also posted a statement on Twitter in which he reiterated that Bong's claims were false:
"I have maintained my innocence from the moment Gaetan Bong made the allegation."
However, in the statement issued by Brighton, Bong refused to be drawn into a long-running dispute with Rodriguez on the matter:
"I now wish to continue with my career, and won't be commenting further on this matter even if Mr Rodriguez chooses to issue any further statements."