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Four West Brom Players Reportedly Take Taxi For Joy-Ride In Barcelona

Four West Brom Players Reportedly Take Taxi For Joy-Ride In Barcelona
By Arthur James O'Dea Updated

'Bottom of the league, having a laugh' doesn't quite resonate with the fans of a club struggling to retain it's Premier League status.

Yet, according to reports emerging from the team's week-long jolly in Barcelona, that is exactly what some of the Baggies' players have been up to.

Having been taken to Barcelona for some warm-weather training by new manager Alan Pardew, The Telegraph has reported that "four senior players, who are unknown at this stage, are alleged to have been involved in an incident which has heaped fresh shame on the Premier League's bottom club."

In recent years, the proclivity for such ribald behaviour among elite footballers on trips abroad has become less frequent - or better covered up, at least.

However, as with Leicester City and their destructive 2015 trip to Thailand, the odd story of madness still appears.

For the four unnamed West Bromwich Albion players, grand theft auto was the name of the game:

It has been reported in Spain that players were drunk and stole a taxi in the early hours of the morning.

It is alleged that players were driving up one-way streets and then, incredibly, left the taxi outside their hotel.

Albion were staying at the 5-star hotel The One in Barcelona.

With Albion struggling to gain the kind of momentum that Pardew's appointment was expected to deliver, it has been claimed that a large portion of the players had no interest whatsoever in the new manager's attempts at "galvanising" the squad during a foreign trip.

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Pardew's decision to take the team abroad will now come under even greater scrutiny.

Forced to address the situation, a club statement read:

The club can confirm that four senior players were involved in an incident during this week's mid-winter training trip to Spain.

The club has instigated its own investigation into the incident and the players will be subject to the full rigours of our internal disciplinary procedures.

Until such time as that investigation has been completed, the club will not be making any further comment.

Sitting 7 points shy of safety, this is the last things Pardew, West Bromwich Albion or the fans will have wanted or expected from this mid-season jaunt.

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It has since been revealed that Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore are the four players in question.

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