as reported by the birmingham mail,
Saido Berahino has finally scored a goal – for Stoke City’s under-23s side.
The former West Bromwich Albion striker hasn’t scored in a professional match since 2016, but he did manage to find the net for the Potters U23s in their 5-1 thrashing at the hands of Brighton this evening.
Berahino, 24, has gone a mammoth 779 days without a professional goal, more than two years stretching back to his time at Albion; not since Albion overcame Alan Pardew’s Crystal Palace in February 2016 has got on the scoresheet.
Stoke City paid £12m for the striker in January 2017, hoping that he might recapture the terrific form he enjoyed at The Hawthorns between 2013 and 2015. That hasn’t transpired.
And fans reacted hilariously to his strike for Stoke’s second string.
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West Brom forward Jay Rodriguez has released a statement after being cleared of racially abusing Brighton and Hove Albion defender Gaeten Bong.
Rodriguez has maintained his innocence since the charge was brought following a row between Rodriguez and Bong during Albion’s 2-0 win over Brighton at the Hawthorns in January.
A charge of discriminatory misconduct was found not proven ‘on the balance of probabilities’ following an Independent Regulatory Commission hearing after Rodriguez hired a lip reader and a QC.
Rodriguez said he bears Bong “no ill will” and thanked his family, Albion, his team-mates and fans for their support during a “difficult and strained period”.
Here is the statement in full:
“It has been a difficult and strained period for me and my family because this allegation brought a serious and damaging slur on my character.
“It has been equally difficult to remain silent throughout the FA process but I do wish to express firstly my relief that I have been exonerated and secondly my support for the fight against racism in whatever form it is expressed.
“I have maintained my innocence from the moment Gaeten Bong made the allegation. I bear him no ill will but I was disappointed that he chose to publicly condemn me on the platforms of open media before the evidence has been presented to an independent tribunal.
“Now that I have been cleared, I would like to emphasise so there can be no doubt that I did not utter the words of which I was accused. I did not use