Albion will not take disciplinary action after striker Saido Berahino was left nursing bruises from a dressing room bust-up.
The Baggies’ nightmare season took another ugly twist when the England Under-21 marksman was left with a minor head wound after tempers flared in the wake of Saturday’s dramatic 3-3 home draw with Cardiff.
But Albion today claimed they had “drawn a line” under the incident after players involved apologised, although Berahino is still believed to be unhappy at the club’s response.
Players turned on Berahino in the dressing room after he gave the ball away seconds after the Baggies had taken a 3-2 lead.
The mistake allowed Cardiff to counter-attack and equalise, although there were several other errors before Mats Daehli found the net.
Berahino, aged 20, was involved in a verbal spat with several team-mates before a physical altercation took place between the Burundi-born striker and one other player, with a punch thought to have been thrown.
Team-mates stepped in to break up the scuffle but it is understood the atmosphere remained frosty when the squad returned to training yesterday, with Berahino unhappy the club did not take firmer action against the player involved.
However, a club statement today said: “Tensions were understandably running high in the dressing room after Cardiff’s late equaliser but the incident has been sensationalised in the media.
“What happened is not uncommon in a dressing room and shows that the players care. The players involved have apologised.”“
Berahino has burst onto the first-team scene this season with eight goals but is believed to have infuriated senior team-mates, not least because of his close friendship with Nicolas Anelka, who was sacked last month.Subscribe to our Newsletter