The police and the Football Association have launched their own inquiries into the drug allegations that prompted West Brom to suspend Roman Bednar, their Czech Republic striker, last Sunday, reports The Guardian. A Sunday newspaper claimed that Bednar had bought cocaine and cannabis outside his home and although the club are conducting an internal inquiry, West Midlands police and the FA have confirmed they will be carrying out their own investigations.
Bednar, who was reported to have claimed that he was purchasing the drugs for a friend when he was first confronted, could face criminal charges if the allegations are proved.
"We are aware of the content and allegations contained within the newspaper article and are looking into the claims made," said a West Midlands police spokesman.
The FA is also following up the initial report. "Players are prohibited from ¬taking social drugs at any time and we will be looking into the matter," said an FA spokesperson.
The 26-year-old's agent refused to comment on the latest development.