West Brom four escape theft charges

4 West Bromwich footballers admit stealing taxi following night out: Report

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

A local judge has provisionally dismissed the case but it could be reopened if new evidence emerges.

Gareth Barry, Jonny Evans, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill were questioned but not arrested over an incident involving the theft of a taxi in Barcelona last week.

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

All four players apologised for breakinga club imposed curfew and being involved in an "incident".

West Brom boss Alan Pardew - whose club has launched an investigation - admitted the players had broken a curfew, with the alleged incident occurring at 5.30am at a McDonald's.

According to the police report, the four players wanted to go out in Barcelona's Olympic port but found everything closed, and so got in a taxi to go to a 24-hour fast-food restaurant.

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 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.

Police later confirmed they passed the players' details on to an investigating court after racing to their five-star boutique hotel The One to recover the taxi following a call from a concerned receptionist.

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