West Brom footballers apologise for Barcelona fiasco

Annette Crawford
February 18, 2018

Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill have come forward as the four West Brom players involved in a "curfew breach" during a warm-weather training camp.

Jonny Evans and Gareth Barry have been named in West Brom's starting line-up for their FA Cup clash with Southampton today.

As they continue to battle relegation, the club has received yet another setback with four of the first-team squad players accepting their involvement in a "taxi-stealing" incident in Barcelona.

After speculation over who was at the centre of the club's investigation, club captain Evans and his teammates issued a statement apologising and identifying themselves "out of respect for teammates who otherwise could be implicated by association".

Pardew felt that the break could "galvanise" a squad that is bottom of the Premier League, seven points adrift of safety and with three league wins all season. "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 hard season", the official statement concluded. And off-the-field things have been going from bad to worse for Pardew.

Barry holds the record for the most Premier League appearances by any player, while former Manchester United defender Evans leads the team, Livermore is a current England player and Myhill is a highly-experienced goalkeeper.

The club sacked John Williams as chairman and Martin Goodman as chief executive - the two men who appointed him and Chinese owner Guochuan Lai is looking closely at his manager.

Goals from Wesley Hoedt and Dusan Tadic deemed Salomon Rondon's spectacular volley irrelevant at The Hawthorns, as West Brom were knocked out of the cup.

A source for the Regional Mossos d'Esquadra police told the Mirror, "It appears the players had headed to the Barcelona Olympic Port but found everything closed so late on which is normal for midweek".

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

"We would like to assure our supporters", the four players added, "that this incident does not reflect the determination and resolve we possess to do all we can to recover a hard season".

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