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As Bernt Haas got well tonked up at the Xmas party he needed to be taken to hospital. :wallbang:


Robbo - I will ban Christmas Dec 26 2004

By Ben Mottram, Sunday Mercury

Albion boss Bryan Robson has threatened to cancel Christmas next
year - as a direct result of Bernt Haas ending up in hospital after this
year's festive bash.

Robson has vowed to deal with Haas after the Switzerland defender
reportedly ended up drunk in hospital in fancy dress as Robin Hood after an
alleged drinking binge at the players' Christmas party.

And the Baggies manager looks set to follow in the footsteps of
previous boss Gary Megson, who scrapped a bash for his players in 2002 and
cancelled celebrations the year after.

"The days of Christmas parties and that kind of thing have gone,"
admitted Robson.

"The players are in the pubic eye and I think most clubs now are
getting to the stage where they will tell players that it's a thing of the

"In my playing days if you sat in a place, had a drink and were quiet
then you wouldn't be in any trouble.

"But there always seems to be trouble about nowadays because of the
high profile of the players. Bernt Haas will be dealt with internally within
the club."

Haas is the latest offender in a catalogue of Premiership party
poopers this Christmas.

Manchester City midfielder Joey Barton turned into a seasonal scrapper
after a festive bust-up which left young team-mate Jamie Tandy requiring
hospital treatment after having a cigar stubbed in his eye.

Two fights allegedly took place at Manchester United's Christmas party
when winger Darren Fletcher became embroiled in a scuffle in which Rio
Ferdinand, Gary Neville and Wes Brown were also involved.

Controversial Newcastle forward Craig Bellamy was also at the centre
of allegations after the club received a complaint from the Ritz in London,
where some players enjoyed an unofficial Christmas celebration.

Players' union boss Gordon Taylor has already claimed traditional
Christmas parties are an accident waiting to happen.

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Haas leaves Albion

ALBION have today (Friday) terminated the contract of Bernt Haas by
mutual consent.

The Baggies right-back was transfer-listed ten days ago as Bryan
Robson did not feel he could guarantee him first-team football.

But the Swiss international, whose contract was due to end in June
with the club having an option year, has attracted interest from a
number of continental clubs, and he is expected to join up with one in
the next few days.

Robson said: "Bernt has been a good servant to the club but I put
Martin Albrechtsen and Riccy Scimeca before him in his position.

"We also have Cosmin Contra who can play on the right and for Bernt's
international future I feel he nees first-team football.

"We wish Bernt all the best for the future"

The 26-year-old defender was signed by Albion for £400,000 from
Sunderland in July 2003 after appearing in Champions League clashes
against Liverpool, Juventus, Valencia and Manchester United in a loan
spell at Swiss giants Basle.

Haas scored three times in 52 games, including one as a substitute,
for the Baggies and helped the Midlands outfit bounce straight back to
the Barclays Premiership last term.

In December 2003 his spectacular strike live on Sky TV helped beat
Manchester United 2-0 in the Carling Cup to set up a quarter-final
against Arsenal.

But this season Haas has struggled to hold down a regular starting
place in Albion's side - making just ten appearances.
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