West Brom quartet allegedly steal taxi
BARCELONA, Spain (AP):
Four West Bromwich Albion players were being investigated by Spanish police yesterday for the alleged theft of a taxi, while the English Premier League (EPL) team was training in Barcelona.
The players Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore, Boaz Myhill faced a judge after being accused by a taxi driver of stealing his vehicle early Thursday morning, Catalonia's regional police told The Associated Press. The driver said he was outside the vehicle at the time it was stolen.
Police said there was no violence involved in the incident that took place during the team's mid-winter training trip.
The players involved issued a public apology.
"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," they said in a joint statement.
West Brom is in last place in the EPL, seven points from safety with 11 games remaining, after winning just one of its last 25 matches. West Brom's chairman and chief executive were fired this week after a 3-0 loss at Chelsea.