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Arsenal target Jonny Evans has apologised for his part in an incident where a taxi was allegedly stolen outside a fast food restaurant in Barcelona.
The West Bromwich Albion defender was named by the club in a statement, along with teammates Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill, and the quartet offered an apology for their actions.
“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,” the statement read.
“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.
“The Club has informed us that it will now conduct its own inquiry into the incident and we will co-operate fully.
Gunners boss reportedly wanted to add experience to his back line, with Evans the key target.
However, Baggies manager Alan Pardew reveals Arsenal’s offer was derisory and was immediately rejected.
“It wasn’t for lack of warning to Arsenal and to all the clubs,” he said.
“I’ve sat here every week saying don’t make a bid on the last day, because you’re not going to get what you want, really.
“Unless it’s a bid that’s going to knock us off our chair, and it was no way near that.”
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