Date: 16th February 2018 at 4:42pm
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This is just what West Bromwich Albion needed whilst we sit bottom of the Premier League table seven points adrift of safety.

A statement from wba.co.uk earlier this afternoon certainly got tongues wagging as to what the hell had gone on during our warm weather training camp in Spain that left four players subject to a club investigation and I can only hope there is nothing it in as this is laughable.

‘The Club can confirm that four senior players were involved in an incident during this week’s mid-winter training trip to Spain. The Club has instigated its own investigation into the incident and the players will be subject to the full rigours of our internal disciplinary procedures. Until such time as that investigation has been completed, the Club will not be making any further comment.’

Whilst West Brom might not be making any further comment, the Sun are one of many to report today that there is an allegation that four players went for a night out, but finding the local facilities shut, they managed to go to a MacDonald’s drive through, picked up a taxi at 5.30am and returned to the club hotel without the driver.

The taxi was left abandoned outside of the five star Barcelona hotel and The Sun state four players were questioned by Police for allegedly stealing said motor vehicle.

The players involved have not been named and I don’t believe any charges have been levied but it’s not exactly the kind of preparation we needed ahead of the Southampton FA Cup clash tomorrow nor given the season we’ve had full stop and for the four players in question being ‘hauled from their beds’ – well you wouldn’t imagine they will play given their individual preparations for the game.

Regional Mossos d’Esquadra police have apparently confirmed the incident and a source is quoted as saying.

‘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.’

Adding.

‘The receptionist at the hotel they were staying at phoned police when she saw the taxi had been left unattended outside. Around the same time Mossos received a call from the stranded taxi driver. The four players who had got back to their hotel in the cab were taken to a local police station. They weren`t formally arrested but they were identified as part of a police investigation into them. The taxi was taken about 5.30am on Thursday and returned to its rightful owner around 8am.’

As a follow through from all of this, bets have now poured in to the bookies on Pardew being sacked following the affair, but I fail to see how he should carry the can if there is anything in this. Bookies have also taken increased bets on us crashing out of the Cup as well.

When things go from bad to worse…

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