West Brom four escape theft charges

Doug Mendoza
February 21, 2018

The four West Bromwich Albion players accused of stealing a taxi in Barcelona are set to escape police action in Spain but face a combined club fine of £450,000. An investigating magistrate chose to archive the case because of a lack of evidence owing to the taxi driver's decision not to press charges.

Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore stole the cab from a McDonald's drive-through and abandoned it outside their luxury five-star hotel while on a mid-winter training trip to Barcelona.

The quartet allegedly took a taxi from outside a fast-food restaurant at 5:30am last Thursday after breaking a midnight curfew during the Baggies' trip to Barcelona last week.

The case has been provisionally dismissed, but it could be reopened if new evidence comes to light.

Should he be sacked in the coming weeks, the 56-year-old's reign in charge of West Brom will become one of the shortest in Premier League history.

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The former Newcastle United manager took charge at The Hawthorns in late November with the club just a point above the Premier League's relegation zone.

For Pardew, another defeat seemed nearly incidental, but he knows the focus will quickly return to his future after mustering just one win in 13 Premier League matches since he took charge.

And The Sun report that Pardew has been given two games to save his job by Guochuan Lai, the club's owner.

The club management said earlier Friday that an internal investigation of the episode was underway, providing neither a description of the events nor the names of the players, reports Efe.

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