Alan Pardew admitted he stripped Jonny Evans of the West Brom captaincy before his side’s FA Cup defeat by Southampton to “make a statement”.
Jonny Evans was one of four senior players, along with Gareth Barry, Jake Livermore and Boaz Myhill, who are alleged to have stolen a taxi during the club’s training camp in Barcelona this week.
“There was a problem in terms of selection because of the incident to go with my strongest team,” Pardew said. “But I felt I needed to make a little bit of a statement about the events. I was far from happy over them and made Gareth [McAuley] captain today.
Asked if the punishment would extend beyond Saturday’s game, Pardew replied: “I’ll have to have a look at that this week and see how we go.”
West Brom looked off the pace in the first half. Evans and Barry both started the game and both had their names booed by a small section of the home support as the teams were announced just before kick-off.