ALBION defender Gaetan Bong’s racism row with West Brom striker Jay Rodriguez is drawing towards a conclusion.

The personal hearing requested by Rodriguez after he was charged with misconduct by the FA takes place today.

Bong claimed Rodriguez “said certain things of a racist nature” when the pair clashed during Albion’s January defeat by West Brom at the Hawthorns.

Rodriguez was charged by the FA following a detailed investigation with using “abusive and/or insulting words which included a reference to ethnic origin and/or colour and/or race”.

Rodriguez has denied the allegation and has reportedly used evidence from a lip-reader to contest the case.

Meanwhile, Bong has urged Albion to “finish the job” of securing Premier League survival in the last six matches of the season, starting with Saturday’s trip to Crystal Palace.

The former Cameroon international left-back said: “It’s a big game for everybody – after last weekend (Huddersfield home draw) we have to react because we need points.

“The job is not done yet and the table is tight. The fact that it’s a derby as well makes it a massive game for all of us.

“My message is easy – remember where we’ve come from and where we want to go.

“We have to remember where we have come from as a football club, as I think sometimes people can forget that quite quickly.

“It’s our first season in the Premier League and we’ve done well, now we have to finish the job and we can do that by sticking together and staying confident.”