West Brom football players who nabbed taxi in Spain could become sweepers

West Brom football players who nabbed taxi in Spain could become sweepers

West Brom football players who nabbed taxi in Spain could become sweepers

The four players, who apologised for their involvement in the incident and breaking a midnight curfew, have been told the case will be reopened only if compelling evidence emerges.

"We felt it important we identify ourselves as the players involved in an incident which occurred during the training camp in Spain this week out of respect for team-mates who otherwise could be implicated by association", the four players said in a statement. The court determined there was not enough evidence to bring about charges.

Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill admitted they had broken a team curfew when they took a taxi from Barcelona city centre at 5.30 am (0430GMT) on Thursday morning.

A well-placed source said: "This decision signals the taxi driver decided against pressing charges".

The four West Brom players were identified by police in a report handed to the investigating judge following the weird Thursday morning incident.

The four players were accused of taking the vehicle while the driver was collecting food for them, and then abandoning it outside The One Barcelona, the five-star hotel where they were staying.

Pardew named both Evans and Barry in his starting line-up for the FA Cup fifth-round defeat by Southampton at The Hawthorns on Saturday, although Evans was stripped of the captaincy.

Last in the Premier League, West Brom was in Barcelona for a midwinter training trip.

Had the case been taken on and the players were found guilty, they could have been facing a fine or a community service order lasting between one and three months.

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