Four players of the squad admitted to having been involved in an accident during the club’s mid-winter break.
Boaz Myhill, Jake Livermore, Gareth Barry and Jonny Evans have been rightfully accused of stealing a taxi during West Brom’s training trip in Spain. Neither the police, nor the club named any of the players, but they decided to do the right thing and come forward on their own in order to avoid any of their innocent team-mates getting caught up in the situation.
“We felt it important we identify ourselves out of respect for teammates who otherwise could be implicated by association,” they said in a statement as quoted ESPN.
The regional police of Catalonia told the press that the players were taken before a judge following the accusations of the taxi driver, who witnessed the act of stealing, but also revealed there was no violence involved whatsoever.
Meanwhile, the team’s manager Pardew stated the following:
“It wasn’t what we wanted. We have gone there to try to get ourselves up and ready for this run-in, and this is obviously not ideal.
“They break a curfew, and that is unacceptable, and I feel a bit let down by that. There was a curfew on that evening and it was broken, and that is really all I’m going to comment really.
“As much as you want information and stuff, I think the club is clear it wants to investigate it properly, and I think that’s right, and we just want to concentrate on the game now, because it is a very important one for West Brom tomorrow.
“We have 11 games left and we are in the last 16 of the FA Cup, and our fans will want to see us put in a performance tomorrow.”