Alan Pardew admits he had to strip Jonny Evans of the West Brom captaincy to “make a statement”.
Former Manchester United defender Evans was one of four Baggies players who were forced to apologise for breaking a club curfew on a warm weather training trip to Barcelona last week.
Evans, along with Gareth Barry, Boaz Myhill and Jake Livermore, were all questioned by police after the alleged theft of a taxi in the Spanish city.
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While West Brom boss Pardew selected Evans for Saturday’s FA Cup defeat against Southampton, the Northern Ireland international did not lead out the team.
Pardew said: “There was a problem in terms of selection because of the incident to go with my strongest team. But I felt I needed to make a little bit of a statement about the events.
“The guys’ professionalism, time-keeping and everything has been spot on. We’ve had this one crazy evening and it doesn’t reflect the work and the professionalism we do as a staff and as players.
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“And that’s massively disappointing but it’s there now and we can’t get away from it.
“Obviously I was furious with what happened but at the same time, I’ve got to stay faithful to the players and give them a chance to remedy the situation. Gareth Barry was okay today but I thought Jonny was very good actually in the circumstances.”