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West Brom Players Apologise For Stealing A Taxi In Barcelona

Following reports that some West Brom players stole a taxi, the players have offered their apologies to the public and their teammates for breaking a curfew during a training camp in Barcelona.

Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill were interviewed but not arrested by police after the incident, which happened in the early hours of the morning and is being investigated by the Premier League club.

According to Brisitish report, the team had dinner at a restaurant in the city before watching that evening’s Champions League fixtures on Wednesday, but afterwards four players went unaccounted for and missed a midnight curfew.

On Friday a source from the Catalan police force Mossos d’Esquadra told Reuters: “There were four people who wanted to go out in the city centre.

“Everything was closed so they got a taxi to a McDonalds by the Barcelona port. At some moment the driver left the car for some reason and the four people took control of the car.

“They eventually returned it to their hotel and we got a call from the receptionist saying they had parked outside the hotel. This happened at 5.30am. The taxi was returned to its owner at 8am.

“The four people were not arrested but they are under investigation. They were called into the police station about a crime of vehicle theft and made statements. Their statements have been sent to an investigative judge.”

“We felt it important we identify ourselves out of respect for team-mates who otherwise could be implicated by association,” they said in a statement.

West Brom and Northern Ireland defender Evans 30, former England midfielder Barry 36, England international Livermore, 28, and reserve goalkeeper Myhill, 35, said they wanted to apologise for “breaking the curfew” and for “the events which have been the subject of widespread and negative publicity”.

Mossos d’Esquadra – the Catalan regional police force – had told BBC Sport the four players involved wanted to go out in Barcelona, but found everything closed so took a taxi to a fast-food restaurant.

When they left, at approximately 05:30, it is alleged they took the taxi and drove back to their hotel – without the driver.

Police were alerted by the hotel and taxi driver, who was reunited with his vehicle at about 08:00.

Baggies boss Alan Pardew said the players involved had broken a midnight curfew, adding it was “unacceptable” and he “felt a bit let down”.

“It wasn’t what we wanted,” he said. “We’ve gone there to try to get ourselves ready and up for the run-in and this is obviously not ideal.”

West Brom, who are bottom of the Premier League, have won just one of their past 25 league matches.

They host Southampton in the FA Cup at 15:00 GMT on Saturday.

The players added: “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.”

The club said it had “instigated its own investigation into the incident” and said the players “will be subject to the full rigours of our internal disciplinary procedures”.

It said it would not comment any further on the incident until the investigation is over.

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