West Brom players allegedly steal taxi in Barcelona

West Bromwich Albion has launched an investigation after four of its players allegedly stole a taxi following a night out in Barcelona.

Four West Bromwich Albion players Jonny Evans (clockwise from top left), Jake Livermore, Boaz Myhill, Gareth Barry are being investigated by Spanish police for alleged taxi theft.   -  AP

West Bromwich Albion has launched an investigation after four of its players allegedly stole a taxi following a night out during the team's this week's trip to Barcelona.

The four players have been named on the club's official website and the players also having offered an apology for the incident.

The statement on behalf of the four players - Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill read: “We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to our team-mates, the head coach, the club and especially the supporters for the events which have been the subject of widespread and negative publicity.

“We felt it important we identify ourselves as the players involved in an incident which occurred during the training camp in Spain this week out of respect for team-mates who otherwise could be implicated by association. We freely acknowledge and apologise for the break of curfew which we accept represented a breach of the standards of professionalism required of us as representatives of West Bromwich Albion. The club has informed us that it will now conduct its own inquiry into the incident and we will co-operate fully. In the meantime, we would like to assure our supporters that this incident does not reflect the determination and resolve we possess to do all we can to recover a difficult season.”

According to a report in The Guardian, the city police says four people took a taxi to a McDonald's by the Barcelon Port and took control of the car when the driver left the vehicle for some reason. The police later got a call from the hotel, informing them about the car being parked outside the hotel. The car was eventually returned to the owner at 8am.

Albion's manager, Alan Pardew, felt let down over the whole incident. “This is obviously not ideal. They broke the curfew and that’s unacceptable and I feel a bit let down by that,” he was quoted as saying.

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