WBA say Evans had per­mis­sion to sit out fi­nale

Belfast Telegraph - - SPORT - BYGRAHAMLUNEY

WEST Brom have leapt to the de­fence of Jonny Evans af­ter the North­ern Ire­land in­ter­na­tional was ac­cused of in­form­ing the club he didn’t want to play in the fi­nal game of the sea­son by text.

It was claimed the 30-yearold for­mer Manch­ester United de­fender (be­low) sent a mes­sage to care­taker man­ager Darren Moore rul­ing him­self out of Sun­day’s de­feat at Crys­tal Palace.

Ar­gen­tinian mid­fielder Clau­dio Ya­cob was also ac­cused of pulling out in sim­i­lar fash­ion.

But the rel­e­gated club have stressed that both play­ers had per­mis­sion to miss the game.

Al­bion of­fi­cials say that both play­ers were ab­sent af­ter full and am­i­ca­ble con­ver­sa­tions with Moore, who is said to have been per­fectly happy with the agree­ment.

Evans, who has just col­lected the In­ter­na­tional Per­son­al­ity of the Year prize at the North­ern Ire­land Foot­ball Awards, will leave the Bag­gies with Le­ices­ter City, Ar­se­nal, West Ham and Manch­ester United in­ter­ested.

The Belfast man will net a Premier League re­turn as he has a cut-price £3mil­lion re­lease clause writ­ten into his con­tract now that Al­bion are rel­e­gated.

Mean­while, North­ern Ire­land U21 in­ter­na­tional Ben Hall, who has been on loan at Notts County, has had his con­tract ex­tended by Brighton for another sea­son.

Brighton boss Chris Hughton has been re­warded with a new con­tract af­ter keep­ing the Seag­ulls in the Premier League.

The 59-year-old has agreed fresh terms un­til 2021 af­ter guid­ing Brighton to 15th place.

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