FOUR West Brom players face community service after allegedly stealing a taxi from a McDonalds in Spain.
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.
In the early hours, the quartet were dragged out of bed at The One Barcelona hotel and hauled off to the police station, which was confirmed by regional Mossos d’Esquadra police.
West Brom say they are conducting an internal investigation which could see the players pay a fine or face 90 days community service working in a soup kitchen or picking up litter.
“The club has instigated its own investigation into the incident and the players will be subject to the full rigours of our internal disciplinary procedure,” read a club statement.
The four players released their own statement saying: “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.
“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.
“In the meantime, we would like to assure our supporters that this incident does not reflect the determination and resolve we possess to do all we can to recover a difficult season.”