West Brom release statement after details of dressing room bust-up leak ahead of Norwich City clash

West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino is reported to have suffered bruising to his head during a dressing room bust-up. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire. West Bromwich Albion's Saido Berahino is reported to have suffered bruising to his head during a dressing room bust-up. Picture: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014
11:37 AM

West Brom have announced they will be taking no further action against players involved in a dramatic bust-up following their draw against Cardiff City at the weekend.

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Cardiff City's Mats Daehli celebrates scoring a late equaliser to make the score 3-3 against West Brom and kick-start his side's Barclays Premier League survival mission by poking home a dramatic equaliser in the fifth minute of injury time at The Hawthorns. Picture: David Davies/PA WireCardiff City's Mats Daehli celebrates scoring a late equaliser to make the score 3-3 against West Brom and kick-start his side's Barclays Premier League survival mission by poking home a dramatic equaliser in the fifth minute of injury time at The Hawthorns. Picture: David Davies/PA Wire

The Baggies head for Carrow Road on Saturday, with a sold-out following of 2,500 travelling to support them in Norfolk as they try to pull away from the Premier League relegation zone.

However, fresh drama surrounds Pepe Mel’s struggling side going into the game following national newspaper reports of a dressing room fight emerging.

West Brom had grabbed a 3-2 lead deep into injury-time of Saturday’s clash with Cardiff through Thievy Bifouma, but the Bluebirds hit back in the 95th minute of the match through Mats Moller Daehli.

That goal came about after England Under-21 striker Saido Berahino tried to cross into the box instead of keeping possession of the ball, allowing Cardiff to clear the ball forward and grab the dramatic equaliser.

West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.West Bromwich Albion manager Pepe Mel. Picture: Anna Gowthorpe/PA Wire.

The goal kept West Brom just three points above the relegation zone and increased the importance of their clash with the Canaries.

But it has today been reported that Berahino suffered a head injury during angry dressing room arguments after the game.

West Midlands newspaper the Express and Star reported that Berahino suffered bruises in the incident and suggested sporting and technical Richard Garlick would hold talks truce talks today.

The newspaper’s back-page story reported: “The 20-year-old 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.

“Team-mates stepped in to break up the scuffle but it is understood the atmosphere remained frosty when the squad returned to training with Berahino unhappy that the club did not take firmer action against the unnamed player involved in the incident.

“Later on Saturday, Berahino tweeted: “Apologies for my mistake, cost the team the three points.”

“Club sources today insisted that details of the incident leaked this morning to a national newspaper had been exaggerated and played down claims that chief executive Mark Jenkins had been summoned to the dressing room to deal with the incident.”

West Brom have now released a statement about the incident, as the club prepare for this weekend’s big match at Carrow Road, which would see the Baggies move above the Canaries if they won.

A club spokesman 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. The club has drawn a line under the matter and is now fully focussing on Saturday’s important game at Norwich.”

Are you confident City will beat West Brom on Saturday? What team would you like to see Chris Hughton pick? Leave your comments below.

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42 comments

  • .....Tried to answer your insulting posting Brew....Guess What!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • We'll have to bring our "A-Team" Ken, because as Hughton has proved time + time again...there is NO Plan B !

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    Timbo

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Does make you wonder. I mean after Snodgrass stole the ball for that penalty from RVW (who since has lost all confidence) and went on the miss it. I wonder if the players ripped him apart for that? Or how about Bassong when he keeps doing silly things at the back (which in fairness he got away with last season when he was in form)....do the players clip him round the ear.....or do we just shrug the shoulders and accept it all and think about getting home because thats the message sent out via the post match press conferences. While I dont agree with fighting etc...id like the think our players care as much as the WBA players appear to.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Matt you hit nail on head, so much goes back to Robert who cannot be dropped, nicking the ball to miss that penalty. NO club sanction from the manager for him, just bland words. Must have got into Wolfies head and .......!!

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    wivenhoebudgie

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • OHT I am not sure what your argument is or if you have one. Middle-aged men are sitting on their hands, you say, instead of what? Using them to spank naughty boys?

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • As long as we beat WBA I still believe it'll be enough to see us over the line, although it will be close and depend on the other 4 key suspects not going on a good run. 20th Cardiff 31pts, 19th Fulham 34pts, 18th WBA 34pts, 17th NCFC 35pts, 16th Sunderland 35pts, 17th C.Palace 35pts....is my latest prediction for final league table. Thats with our only other points this season coming against WBA at home. The Mustard only league predictor is quite addictive to be fair!

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • To be fair, usually im always of the opinion that these guys are paid far more than me so who am I to question, but I genuinely believe I, along with most NCFC fans know more than Chris Hughton. Its really sad its got to this stage. Still we still fill the stadium week in week out regardless of what league we are in to support our side.....even in league 1 let alone the championship.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Should read "dressing room"

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • DAVE G ".......although some of it is down to them, a lot of it is down to mindless morons trying to make a name for themselves by goading them when out." Ah diddums! So someone (like a 'professional footballer') in everyday life is called names which they don't like mumsy wumsy. So you meet that with violence do you? No wonder the fabric of this country is going downhill with weak attitudes like that. Oh and SHARKY, it doesn't matter which team it is. Anyway what does that matter?

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Sorry, Alf, must have been before my time. I'll try to get hold of Archie before he rolls the credits. Still, you know what they say.....imitation is the sincerest form of assault and battery.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Brew!....There is no need to be insulting and call me an Ipsviich mole..

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • .....Tried to answer your insulting posting Brew....Guess What!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • …...It's all your fault Archant!.....you are responsible for all these one liners!....If it ever happens to Matt ...we will be here all night!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • My perdictions for the bottom 4 are Cardiff 31 pts,Fulham 33 pts,Sunderland 31 pts and finally us with 33 points.It does not look good.Is it better to win 70% of your games or get beaten every week and become the laughing stock of other football fans.If and when we get relegated least we will see lots of more positive games with players scoring goals or maybe not.We will see.OTBC

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Its been like that months pal. How long has the club as well as us fans been saying we are counting on others doing worse than us. Messaged should have been strong and confident months ago that WE will get ourselves out of trouble ourselves and not count on 3 others being worse. The message Hughton sends out to fans is horrific. Just truly hope the attitude behind closed doors is different. Find it hard to believe though as he simply cant get consistent performances let alone good performances from HIS squad (cant say its anyone elses squad anymore).

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • This is one of those "they're not getting along" build your hopes up stories. I have no doubt however the WBA draw specialists will make NCFC "fight" for whatever they can get out of the game. I have seen the Berahino misplaced pass action on tv and think it is tough blaming him for the goal because the ball still had to travel the length of the field. What about the concentration levels of the team? The manager has to assess if the lad has been affected by the fall out and make a decision on if to play him. It would be a pity if some dressing lout is allowed to sway that decision. As regards RVW and that Snoddy penalty incident, it is magnified because the striker has had a poor season. We don't know what was said afterwards but Snoddy was the one who looked the fool because he missed. Surely it is not still undermining RVW's confidence. And on the subject of penalties, if we ever spend enough time in someone else's area to win one who is our penalty taker? Or is it up for "grabs"? (PS, an earlier post on this subject went awol so apols if something similar turns up later in day).

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    Lincs Canary

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • I fear this is the stuff we have to rely on helping us as we cannot seem to help ourselves.

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    FIFACanary

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • I agree with Mattias`s point about `Penaltygate` and lindsay McNeile`s further comments about captaincy. even when Holt was still here, Hughton made it plain that he was not keen of having a strong captain, a `Leader on the field of play`. Too threatening. This article is a Red Herring.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Divisions in the enemy camp? All grist to the Norwich City mill. What further action should be taken OHT? Loutishness is not confined to or caused by the game of football so why should footballers be singled out for special punishment?

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    Cecil

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • I,m just wondering what the vitriol would be here, if it was our players fighting. Totally the opposite I would suggest.

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    sharky

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Blimey, Blaff, you accused me of plagiarism recently. I did the `Stodder & Houghton` gag ages ago! Never mind, I`m sure it wasn`t on purpose. I think Stew has to be an 1p5wich `mole`. He knows full well that the Board`s policy is that Hughton stays in place until everybody spells his name correctly. Either that or Stew`s King Midas in Reverse - in Disguise...

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Glad others have noticed my point regarding the penaltygate issue. Not so much saying its Snodgrass fault RVW hasnt been scoring because I blame that FULLY on Hughton and his depressing, unsuccessful, tactics. Without clear REGULAR chances RVW (& Hooper) wont score. Simple. But there is plenty of other issues that branch from the penaltygate incident. Leadership on the field, leadership off it, respect of manager instruction (considering Hughton said RVW was asigned the penalty taker and Snod went over his head then nothing happened), morale with the players. Could go on and on. It does matter and its only highlighted the problems further. Issues like that shouldnt happen but things similar seem to be a regular happening at NCFC in the Hughton Era. Never saw this kind of stuff under Lambert....but then again clearly he had the respect of the players and knew how to get the best out of them. Hey ho. Hopefully we find someone else who doesn't have to be the players best mate but can inspire and bring the best out of any player. Whether its Russell Martin who'd played most his career in the lower leagues or an Internation like Leroy Fer or RVW who simply have not reached their potential under Hughton.

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    Mattias333

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • CECIL "Loutishness is not confined to or caused by the game of football so why should footballers be singled out for special punishment?" Oh come on Cecil. Please! Take a guess which game (televised to an audience of ALL ages) repeatedly appears in the media with stories like this while middle aged men who are supposed to be in charge sit on their hands and excuse it rather than having the guts to confront it? Any ideas? Add your comment | Report this comment Cecil Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Glad lindsay picked up on my point reference snoddy snatching the ball for that penalty. change the season and the morale went down hill from there.

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    Mattias333

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • ncfc will be the most nervy on Saturday - last chance for the players to experience a win in the PL I guess....

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    Surrey Canary

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • .....Tried to answer your insulting posting Brew....Guess What!!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Like all true fans of football,it is very worrying when fans are scared when our players come out onto the pitch with NO confidence.This stems from the managers office and every week we can only pray that the Jekhll & Hyde way we have played this season brings out the best in the team.My prediction is a 1 -1 draw with us going behind early and then trying to fix the mistakes that led to the goal.I hope I am wrong and we win by 23 goals ,but I no longer live in a dream world.The truth is we are not good enough or the management style is all wrong.I hope and pray for a victory and shudder every time the opposition get the ball over the half way line. OTBC

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    canarykid

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Notice that all the top teams are already sizing up players for next season. Expect City are waiting to get whoever is left over as usual.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • That was Midas, Stew. Canute was the one trying to protect Hemsby from the North Sea. He was good, too ;-) well done, Stew. Now let`s wait and see if it works. Hughton oot!

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    Mad Brewer

    Thursday, April 3, 2014

  • And way from the autobiography section, we have a selection of new reference books including: A Beginner's Guide to Spelling for the Stewpydd, published by Stodder and Hughton.

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    User Removed

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Well I suppose at least there must be some passion in the WBA dressing room - although I do not condone violence.

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    malaga flier

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • .....Linc's.. I t is almost impossible for two dozen men of 20_30 age group to hit it off all the time!...There are far too many distractions on and off the field!...Money!! ..Wags!...Egos!...Insertions in contracts!...etc!....This is where the manager should be earning his corn!....In Grant Holt we had a captain who would lead the players on field,and keep them on their toes!...Since the arrival of Houghton and co. this has completely disappeared,and my guess is that our dressing room is made up of small groups of friends with individual grievances, and various points of view!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • The question to be asked before a ball is kicked by the Canaries next season is ......"Was the suffering of faithful Canaries supporters this season really necessary?" supplemented by "Do we continue on the same course while CH learns his trade at our expense ?" Take last match v Swansea - BEFORE the match the Daily Telegraph wrote "Swansea are sure to try and expose a Norwich side whose negative approach away from home this season has brought little reward.".I feel for those Canaries fans who went to the match!

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    mardler

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • I wasn`t insulting you Stew, I was counselling you. If you stop calling Chrissy `Houghton` he WILL be sacked. Fact. And the tea-ladyboy goes with him. I promise.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Mattias, I`ve been banging on about that penalty fiasco ever since it happened, and the captaincy issue since Hughton dithered disdainfully about confirming Holt as skipper. I find it difficult to see any positives in Hughton`s reign. So many players have ceased to improve and have actually gone backwards. He should have gone months ago. If there is genuine potential amongst our younger players, Hughton is not the man to put in charge of bringing it to fruition. Or his awful coaching cronies.

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    Mad Brewer

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • Club taking no 'further action' after yet another example of football-associated loutish behaviour. Well there's a surprise. Always makes me grin when I read others' comments giving their 'expert' opinion whilst not acknowledging the main subject of the article.

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    One Horse Town

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • …..Who's this ' Houghton' you keep blathering on about?....Our Current Managers name is 'HUGHTON.' ….That should line him up nicely for the Hessian Bag!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • West Brom obviously have some fire and passion in their ranks. They, like Norwich , have only won twice away from home this campaign . However, they have only been beaten 7 times away from home which indicates they know how to shut up shop and earn a point. A much sterner test than Sunderland , Norwich need to bring their A game to this fixture.

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    kenfoggo

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Possibly rugby where players are regularly cited for biting and gouging, cycling where every month brings another drugs story. It's amazing how footballers are blamed for loutish behaviour when although some of it is down to them, a lot of it is down to mindless morons trying to make a name for themselves by goading them when out. They do still earn too much for doing too little though.

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    DaveG

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • .....If you see me as King Canute in reverse...can I point out that I do not turn gold into dross...that honour belongs to another!.....

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    Stew Pydsodd

    Wednesday, April 2, 2014

  • really good point. That penalty was a Seminal moment in the season. Damage to RVW's standing and to the impotence of the clubteam captaincy structure was laid bare. No recovery in either

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    lindsay McNeile

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

  • Shame City haven't got some passionate players like that but they just lay down and surrender and everyone seems to accept that with the exception of the fans who are feeling really short changed for this season and last.

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    goldie

    Tuesday, April 1, 2014

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