Date: 16th February 2018 at 7:30pm
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West Bromwich Albion have released a statement from four players who patently know better for their breach of curfew whilst in Spain.

Whilst no comment is made about the twoc-ing stupid taxi affair, a statement from Jonny Evans, Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill read.

‘We would like to take this opportunity to apologise to our team-mates, the Head Coach, the Club and especially the supporters for the events which have been the subject of widespread and negative publicity. 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.’

It went on to say.

‘We freely acknowledge and apologise for the break of curfew which we accept represented a breach of the standards of professionalism required of us as representatives of West Bromwich Albion FC. The Club has informed us that it will now conduct its own inquiry into the incident and we will co-operate fully.’

The statement also saw the players ‘assure’ fans that despite this incident it in no way ‘reflect(ed) the determination and resolve’ they each had in ensuring that West Brom’s season turned around and their desire to see us move into the safety places instead of propping the table up.

Source: wba.co.uk.

Whilst we can commend all four for taking a step forward so quickly given it was inevitable fans were playing the ‘guess who’ game, their experience and years in football actually hits far harder than it would’ve done had it been four younger players.

I’d be amazed if Alan Pardew selected them for involvement tomorrow now and there is the potential that until the clubs’ internal investigation is complete they find themselves out of the squad and that just makes things worse.

Pardew had commented earlier tonight that he had no concerns about throwing Ali Gabr in for his debut alongside Ahmed Hegazi so I guess that confirms one position at least – with our need for a win to boost confidence, especially after this Darwin Award, I guess the ultimate decision will be based on what each of them has said in private as to whether they are involved this weekend.

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