West Bromwich footballers admit stealing taxi following night out


FOUR West Brom players face community service after allegedly stealing a taxi from a McDonalds in Spain.

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

Evans and Barry are two of four senior players - alongside Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill - alleged to have borrowed a taxi without permission after breaking a club curfew on a night out, driving it back to the team hotel at around 5.30am.

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

"The court of instruction number two in Barcelona dealt with the case but the magistrate chose to provisionally archive the case because there wasn't sufficient evidence to press charges against the players", the court communications officer told ESPN FC.

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

McDonald's duty manager Saray Ortega Gracia called cops when the driver told her his vehicle had been taken as he ordered burgers for the players.

Pardew organised the short break to Barcelona before the Baggies made it through the FA Cup fourth round tie with Liverpool but the trip had to be cut short when Albion won at Anfield to set up a fifth-round clash with Southampton.

West Brom, who sit bottom of the Premier League, seven points adrift of safety, had been on a warm weather training camp in the Catalan capital.

Pardew's squad spent a total of only three hours training at Espanyol's base but returned with four players the subject of an internal investigation.