West Brom skipper Jonny Evans claims alleged taxi incident was 'sensationalised'
Baggies skipper Jonny Evans claims the incident in Barcelona when four players allegedly stole a taxi has been ‘sensationalised’ by the press.
Evans was one of four senior players who apologised for breaking curfew in Spain following an incident on Albion’s warm weather training camp last month.
It was also alleged that he, Boaz Myhill, Jake Livermore, and Gareth Barry, left a taxi driver at McDonald’s in the early hours of the morning and drove his taxi back to their hotel.
The Spanish authorities did not pursue the case and Evans believes it has been blown out of proportion.
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"Mistakes get made but there was no intent to cause any harm or embarrass ourselves or the club,” he told BBC WM.
"There's been a lot written about us. But, with everything, a lot of things get sensationalised.
"Sometimes things can happen that are taken out of your control. A lot of facts are left out to make the story seem all the more sensational.
"But we've all been around for a long time. Things have happened to all of us in our career in a number of moments when we know that, in the position we're in, all eyes are on us.
"You just have to deal with that and be a man about it."
Evans also claims that reaction to Chris Brunt’s dressing room rant after the Huddersfield game also spiralled out of control.
As exclusively revealed by the Express & Star, Brunt laid into his team-mates and Alan Pardew’s tactics after the 2-1 defeat in the last home game.
Brunt then received criticism from some pundits like Ray Wilkins for speaking up, but Evans said: “The stuff that came out of the dressing room was another incident blown out of all proportion.
“I don't think there was any malice in what Chris was saying, more frustration at how the situation has been.”
Albion slumped to their sixth straight defeat on Saturday when they lost 1-0 at Vicarage Road, and Evans thanked the fans for sticking with the players despite the poor form.
"They continued to support to us to the end and that makes a fantastic difference," said Evans.
"For us, it was a case of getting our heads down and working hard, and we've done that. Our work rate was never in question and the fans appreciate that.
"We had chances at Watford and, when they don't go in, it can suck the belief out of you. Another defeat and it seems more difficult, but we still believe we can get out of it.
"We'll give everything we can to make sure we avoid being relegated."