West Brom players investigated over ‘stolen taxi’

The club is responding to reports that its players were questioned by police on suspicion of stealing a cab after a night out during a mid-winter training trip this week.

According to a report in The Sun, the cab was driven through a McDonald’s drive-thru before being abandoned outside of the five-star hotel where the players were staying.

In a statement, the Premier League club said it has “instigated its own investigation into the incident and the players will be subject to the full rigours of our internal disciplinary procedures”.

West Brom players investigated over ‘stolen taxi’
West Brom players investigated over ‘stolen taxi’

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

The four players were questioned in a local police station over the incident, which happened before dawn on Thursday.

Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew at Selhurst Park
Image:West Brom manager Alan Pardew took his team to train in Barcelona

They were staying at The One hotel for a three-day training trip in Barcelona ahead of an FA Cup fifth round tie at home to Southampton on Saturday.

The regional police in Catalonia, the Mossos d’Esquadra police, have confirmed the incident.

A source told The Sun: “It appears the players had headed to the Barcelona Olympic Port but found everything closed so late on which is normal for midweek.

“They decided to take a taxi to a McDonald’s drive-through nearby and somehow and for some reason, left there in the cab but without the cab driver.

“The receptionist at the hotel they were staying at phoned police when she saw the taxi had been left unattended outside.”

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West Brom are currently at the bottom of the Premier League table, five points behind Stoke in 19th, and seven away from escaping the relegation zone.

The club’s chairman, John Williams, and chief executive, Martin Goodman, were sacked this week because of the team’s poor performances.

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