West Brom suspend Bednar

LONDON (Reuters) - English Premier League club West Bromwich Albion suspended their Czech international striker Roman Bednar on Sunday after newspaper allegations of his involvement in a drugs deal, Sky Sports News reported.

The News of the World on Sunday published a report and five photos of him allegedly handing over cash for drugs.

West Brom, who were playing Liverpool on Sunday in a match they had to win or draw to avoid being relegated from the Premier League, have suspended the 26-year-old player.

"Roman Bednar has been suspended while the club conduct an internal investigation into the matter," Sky Sports quoted the club as saying. No official statement had been posted on the club's own website.

Bednar joined West Brom from Heart of Midlothian in August 2007 initially on loan before the deal was made permanent last summer for 2.3 million pounds. He scored 17 goals as they won promotion to the Premier League last season.

He has scored six goals this season, but has not played in the club's last five matches.

(Editing by Justin Palmer

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Article Published: 17/05/2009