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West Brom boss Pardew: I had to dump Evans as captain

West Brom boss Alan Pardew has dumped Jonny Evans as captain after this week's incident in Spain.

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.

Pardew, who admitted before the FA Cup clash that the incident has left him fuming, felt it necessary to send out a message that those involved deserved punishment.

"There was a problem in terms of selection because of the incident to go with my strongest team," said Pardew after a 2-1 defeat.

"I decided to do that. 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."

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