Roy Hodgson distressed by Luka Milivojevic’s Covid-19 rules breach however defends picking Crystal Palace captain
An annoyed Roy Hodgson has actually condemned Luka Milivojevic’s obvious breach of Covid-19 guidelines, though firmly insisted there were no fears over playing the Crystal Palace captain against Sheffield United.
Milivojevic started in Saturday’s 2-0 win over the unlucky Blades at Selhurst Park after pictures had emerged on social networks on Friday of the midfielder appearing to be at an event on New Year’s Eve with Fulham striker and fellow Serbian global Aleksandar Mitrovic.
” I understand about it and obviously we condemn it,” Hodgson told Sky Sports. “We’re very upset about it, it doesn’t do the image of the club, it doesn’t do Luka’s image any great, however we’ll take responsibility for that as I expect Luka to take duty for it.
” He hasn’t broken Premier League protocols per se because he’s unfavorable and I think the other gamer involved was unfavorable too. However that does not matter, the reality is that there are federal government guidelines.
” These guidelines are there for the whole world to follow and when prominent individuals like football gamers break those guidelines and standards, it refers concern and we will deal with it internally.”
Asked if he considered not playing Milivojevic against Sheffield United for fear of putting his team-mates and challengers at threat, Hodgson responded: “We know he didn’t put the other team at risk due to the fact that he’s been cleared by the Premier League protocols to play. He’s negative.
” We also know that the player that was with him has actually checked negative, so there was no question of fearing we were putting the other group at danger.
” It’s not a question of threats here on this football pitch, the risks of course come when individuals break government standards with regard to other individuals in the population. However most notably of all, it’s a question of if other individuals are following the standards and not breaking the rules, we do not anticipate footballers to.”
Hodgson also confirmed that Milivojevic has apologised for the breach and dismissed ideas that the Serbian might be removed of the Palace captaincy.
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Fulham say they are checking out the incident likewise including striker Aleksandar MitrovicGetty Images
” I need to state I ‘d be rather shocked if there was an outcry from Crystal Palace fans understanding they are more interested in us winning football matches … to recommend it must impact upon him playing and losing the captaincy is taking it slightly too far,” he stated.
Fulham saw their midweek all-London clash with Tottenham delayed due to a Covid-19 outbreak at the club, while Sunday’s go to of Burnley to Craven Cottage has actually likewise been called off after an increase in cases.
A Fulham statement on the incident including Mitrovic read: “Following reports concerning Aleksandar Mitrovic breaking Tier 4 limitations and Fulham Covid protocols, the club is looking into the matter totally as it takes a breach of the guidelines exceptionally seriously.
” The player understands the club’s frustration and of the standards that are expected of him. The matter will now be handled internally.”
The alleged breach of Covid-19 guidelines by Milivojevic and Mitrovic comes after Tottenham trio Erik Lamela, Giovani Lo Celso and Sergio Reguilon and West Ham midfielder Manuel Lanzini were pictured together at a Christmas party, leading to apologies from the players and condemnation from both clubs.
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